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205 N. Washington, Union, Missouri

American Legion Post 297

Sons of the Legion


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2017 - 2018 Sons of American Legion Squadron 297 Officers

                                 Commander                       Jim LaVenture

                                 1st Vice                               Curt Landrum

                                 Adjutant                              Roger Gansmann

                                 Treasurer                            Dr. Virgil L. Weideman

                                 Sergeant at Arms                  Tim Struttmann                         

                                 Chaplain                             Keith Brinker   

                                         Historian                             Phil Rubach

The Sons of the American Legion have Chartered at Post 297 and are now officially Squadron 297. We received our Charter in July 2011 and as of March 2014, we are 149 members strong.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Sons, we are an organization founded in 1932 whose purpose is, but not limited to: 1.) Supporting veterans and their families  2.) Promoting Patriotism and Americanism 3.)  promoting programs which benefit the youth of our country.

If you are interesting in joining the Sons or just want more information, please do not hesitate to contact Commander Jim LaVenture at

Q:Are you a a son of a Veteran? Would you like to join The American Legion? Check your local American Legion Post where you can find out your eligibility status and apply for membership in the world's largest Veteran's organization. Complete the application and proudly become a SON OF THE LEGION.

Q: I am related to someone who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibilty dates. Can I join the Sons of The American Legion?

A: If your relative who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibility dates and is a member of The American Legion, you may join the Sons of The American Legion.

However, if the qualifying Veteran is deceased you may join the appropriate organization, even if the qualifying Veteran was not a member of The American Legion when living.

Preamble to the S.A.L. National Constitution

Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of Veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The American Legion" for the following purposes:  To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.

Tickets for the 2017/2018 gun raffle are now available for purchase.  The flyer below is a list of guns for the new raffle.

Special Early Bird Drawing on May 1st for 2016/2017 Gun Raffle tickets turned in early

Winner, Ticket #378, Keith Brinker


2017/2018 Gun Raffle Winnder 4th Quarter

2017/2018 Gun Raffle Winners 3rd Quarter

2017/2018 Gun Raffle Winners 2nd Quarter

2017/2018 Gun Raffle Winners 1st Quarter



The Sons are busy this spring with several fundraisers.

February 24th - All you can eat fish and BBQ chicken from 5:00 - 7:00 to help raise money to send ECC students to Carnegie Hall this spring.  The benefit will feature a performance by ECC's Jazz Band and Jazz Combo at 7:00 pm.

ECC Carnegie Hall Trip Benefit Information Flyer

March 9th - American Legion Baseball Benefit.  More details soon.

March 17th - Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk.  Registration and sign-in at 8:00 am with an awards ceremony in the lower level of the Legion.  Adult beverages and Irish snacks provided after the face.  Moisture wicking shirts will be included with your $20 registration.  Please register by March 3rd to ensure your size will be available on the day of the race.  Registration form and information below.

5K Run/1 Mile Walk Registration form and information flyer

March 24th - Second Blessings Quarter Auction Benefit.  More details soon.




Sons Squadron 297 hosted the first Wayne Rathgeber Honor Guard Memorial tribute on Saturday, April 1st at Hagie's Ninteen.  Wayne served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He was the Honor Guard commander for many years and organized military honors for veteran's funerals.  Master Sgt. Robert George with the Jefferson Barracks military funeral honors program was the guest speaker.

Photo courtesy of The Missourian



Snow?  We Don't Care About a Little Snow!!

Many more pictures in the Photo Gallery section under Sons 5K Run/Walk 2017!



           Ladies, 0 – 19 years old                                                                     Men, 0 – 19 years old

          1st    Samantha Brown                                                                           1st   Ben Stowe
          2nd   Caroline Mitana                                                                               2nd  Nathan Babley
          3rd    Gracie Hoeing                                                                                3rd   Steven Mitana

          Ladies, 20 – 29 years old                                                                     Men, 20 – 29 years old

          1st    Casey Julius                                                                                    1st    Aaron Gerding
          2nd    Isabel Stowe                                                                                   2nd   Jeff Kessels

          Ladies, 30 – 39 years old                                                                     Men, 30 – 39 years old

          1st    Christa Buchanan                                                                            1st    Nick Hoeing
          2nd   Melissa Frick
          3rd    Crystal Smith
          4th    Kristen Wideman
          5th    Kate Schroeder

          Ladies, 40 – 49 years old                                                                    Men, 40 – 49 years old

          1st    Belinda Becker                                                                                1st    Jay Chappell
          2nd    Traci Whitacre                                                                               2nd    Timothy Buchanon
          3rd    Kim LaBoube                                                                                  3rd    Shane Eckert
          4th    Victoria Mitana                                                                                4th    Chris Schmuke

          Ladies, 50 – 59 years old                                                                     Men, 50 – 59 years old

           1st    Sherri Miller                                                                                    1st    Ed Stowe
                                                                                                                        2nd   John Metcalf

                                                                                                     Men, 60+ years old

                                                                                                                        1st    Mark Spann

            Ladies                                                                                                   Men

           1st  Overall:  Samantha Brown                                                                  1st Overall:   Jay Chappell
           2nd Overall:  Christa Buchanan                                                                 2nd Overall:  Aaron Gerding
           3rd Overall:   Melissa Frick                                                                         3rd Overall:   Timothy Buchanon








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