American Legion Post 297






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2022 - 2023 Sons of American Legion Squadron 297 Officers

                                 Commander                       Pete Colombo

                                 1st Vice                              Brad Parker

                                 2nd Vice                             Joe Colombo

                                 Adjutant                             Gordon Parker

                                 Financial Officer                Dr. Virgil L. Weideman

                                 Sergeant at Arms                 Eric Grainger                        

                                 Chaplain                            Tim Struttmann    

                                       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 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.


2022/2023 Gun Raffle Information

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 297 Weekly Gun Drawing: The drawing will be held every Monday night at 7 PM, starting on Memorial Day and run for 52 weeks. Each week we will draw both a First and Second place prize winner. The first-place prize winner will receive a voucher, valued at $550.00, to be redeemed at the Gun Shack in St Clair MO. The second-place prize winner will receive a cash prize of $100.00.

Donation of $100.00 per ticket:  No more than 650 tickets will be sold. Ticket holder can win up to two first place prizes; and an unlimited number of second place prizes per ticket. All first-place vouchers will be written to the person whose name is on the winning ticket. This voucher can be used towards the purchase a gun of your choice (IAW Federal and State Laws), ammunition, or accessories sold at the Gun Shack. The voucher cannot be redeemed for cash. First place prize winners from outside the area or out of state can make arrangements to have a check sent to them instead of a voucher. Squadron 297 will have the final say in any disputes that may arise.


Early Bird Drawing and Ticket Turn-in:  All tickets returned by April 30th will be eligible for an additional First Place prize. All remaining tickets should be turned in by May 22nd, 2022 to be eligible for all 52 drawings. Tickets turned in after Memorial Day will only be eligible for the remaining number of drawings at the time of turn in.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 297:  The Sons of the American Legion membership is made up of sons, grandsons, and even great and great-great grandsons of military veterans who have served this great nation proudly during times of war and times of peace. This gun raffle is one of our major fundraisers that allows us to fund various veterans’ projects; various local community charities and youths; and scholarships for our young men and women within the American Legion family. It is through your generosity and support that we are able to be successful with our endeavors. Please visit us at and click on the Sons of Legion link to learn more about our organization. Should you have any questions, please contact Pete Colombo  at (314) 422-5212