American Legion 
Carl S. Martin  Post 635  Normal, Il. 
108 ½ North Street / PO Box 402,  61761-0402
Phone: 309-452-1671

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Monthly Meeting Schedule
Monthly meetings of the American Legion are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 7:00 pm in the American Legion Building (Entrance next to the Garlic Press) 108 1/2 W. North St. Normal, Illinois 61761  Click here for directions.
chair lift is provided, for second floor access.
News & Events     


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y 12, 2016 Open nominations for Officer positions and Executive BoardMay 12, 2016 Open nominations for Officer positions and Executive Board positions

May 26, 2016 Final nominations and election of Officers and Executive Board members.

June 9, 2016 Installation of new Officers and Executive Board members at the end of meeting. positions

May 26, 2016 Final nominations and election of Officers and Executive Board members.

June 9, 2016 Installation of new Officers and Executive Board members at the end of meeting.​

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Your Post 635 Officers for 2019/20                  
Commander: Chris Riley                 
Sr Vice Commander: Floyd Apers                         
Jr Vice Commander: Derek Bishop
Adjutant: Jerry Vogler                               
Finance Officer: Carl Powell

++++++++American Legion offers help after emergencies++++++++++

As a member in good standing, you are eligible to receive immediate money for expenses after a tornado, fire, etc. This will be $3000 in 2017. So please make sure your dues are paid before 31 Dec. 
​Details on the National American Legion site:   
                  Special message from Illinois American Legion

                              AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY

                              NORMAL UNIT RECHARTERING

Veterans, Special Olympics, Children & Youth, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, Scholarships, Community Service, Junior Activities, Poppies, are some of the programs that we are looking to be involved in.

Were you an Auxiliary Member who belonged to the Normal Unit and then transferred when it closed?

Are you or do you know someone who is not an Auxiliary Member but are interested in becoming a member and would like more information about our organization?

Come join us on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the American Legion Department of Illinois Headquarters at 6:30pm. We will be having an informational meeting. We will be discussing what it means to be a member, how to become a member, how to transfer your membership back in and what this organization is all about.  

Meeting Place: American Legion Department of Illinois
  2720 W. Lincoln Street
  Bloomington, IL 61704 (lower level-back door)

Wheel Chair Accessible

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​This years Legion Award Dinner was held at ISU's Alumni Center. 
There are many awards given for special events and accomplishments; like volunteering for Poppy Day, collecting donations for Gifts For Yanks. Each year money is collected to purchase gifts at Christmas time for all Veterans in Nursing Homes in Normal. 
Pins were also awarded for those who signed up new members to our Post.
There are two special awards given to members who have "gone above and beyond" for our Post this past year. 

The Service Award was given to Jim Armstrong.

The Legionnaire of the Year was given to Greg Struve.

Congratulations to these two for their commitment to the American Legion Post 635.

​       Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics at Illinois State University

It was an honor to present the colors at the opening of the 2019 Special Olympics at Hancock Stadium, June, 2019. 
Here is a photo of Post 635 and Post 56 Color Guard, as well as The Knights of Columbus during the singing of the National Anthem sung by two of the Special Olympic participants.

This photo taken when exiting the field. Butch Ekstam playing the drum, and Thomas Asis on the bagpipes. 

​The Color Guard performs around 56 events a year. We recently demonstrated the Flag portion of what we do for Veterans who have requested Military Rites at their Funeral. 
This is the letter we recently received from one of those events:

I would like to thank the American Legion and the Color Guard for coming out to Sugar Creek to honor our Veterans on Labor Day Sunday. It was an honor and they did a fabulous job. Our residents absolutely loved watching you perform the 13 folds of the flag and felt privileged to have you. I have attached a few pictures to commemorate the day for Sugar Creek and also for you all.

Thanks again and God Bless all of you!

Patrizia Brady
Program Director

Sugar Creek Alzheimer Special Unit

Post 635 is loosing a former Past Commander and very active member of our Post
John Schroder and his wife; Debbie, who is also a member, are moving to Georgia this month. John is also a very active member of the Honor Guard and Color Guard. John has ridden each year in the American Legion Legacy Ride. Rain or shine...mostly rain! Each year during the ride, John has his photo taken with the National Commander. Here is a photo this year of John with Brett Reistad:

Notice they are in rain gear! We will certainly miss John and Debbie; each a Retired Army Command Sgt Major.
We wish them the best in Georgia.
Excellent video of the last WWII P-51 Combat Pilot. 
Thanks to Dan Maffeo for the story:
Capt. Jerry Yellin, from Fairfield, Iowa, flew the final combat mission in World War II. World War II veterans visit Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary Mar. 21 in commemoration of the end of World War II.  (copy and paste in your URL; the "To:" address line at the top of your web page)
​Good news for Veterans that could not join the American Legion because they were not on active duty during certain periods. 
That has changed. The U.S. House passed the bipartisan LEGION Act on Tuesday, extending the recognized wartime era back to Dec. 7, 1941.
Please go here for details:

                                            Photos of Post 635

​Don't forget to ask for a Military Discount when shopping at Lowe's and Home Depot. You must register at Lowe's. Show your DD-214 or VA photo ID, they will place you in the system.  
Home Depot will ask for DD-214 or VA photo ID. Easy 10% discount at both stores.
Logan's Steak House has certain days they give Veteran Discount
Anytime you shop, go to a restaurant, or at a business...ask for a Military Discount. You might be surprised.
(330 ILCS 30/) Viet Nam Veterans Compensation Act.
  (330 ILCS 30/1) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 57.51) 
  Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Viet Nam Veterans Compensation Act. 
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3131.)

  (330 ILCS 30/2) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 57.52) 
  Sec. 2. Every person who has served on active duty with the armed forces of the United States on or after January 1, 1961 and prior to such time as Congress declares such persons ineligible for the Viet Nam Service Medal is entitled to receive compensation of $100 for such service if (a) he had been a resident of the State of Illinois for at least 12 months immediately preceding the time he entered such service, (b) he is still in active service, is honorably separated or discharged from such service, has been furloughed to a reserve or has been retired, and (c) he has received the Viet Nam Service Medal. Service in the merchant marine is not service in the armed forces for purposes of this Act. 
  No payment may be made under this Section to any person who, though in such service, did civilian work at civilian pay or who has received from another State a bonus or compensation of like nature so provided by this Act. 
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3131.)