American Legion Post 279

903 W. Superior  Jacksonville, Illinois 62650         217-243-6144

Email: [email protected]
​Commander: Danny W. Davison
​SAL Commander: Joel DuPre II

 Jacksonville Post 279 Newsletter​​

American Legion Post # 279 903 W. Superior  Jacksonville, IL 62650

Website: • Phone Number (217) 243-6144 • E-mail: [email protected]

Veterans Serving Veterans for over 40 years                           May-July, 2018         Volume 1, Number 4

Commander’s Corner:                                                                                                                          July 20, 2018

Greeting Legionnaires:

      I want to start this month's column by thanking the membership for the honor of representing you.  I appreciate the confidence shown in me through my re-election as Commander for American Legion Post 279 for 2019.  Thank you.

      You may have noted, in a recent Jacksonville Journal Courier edition, of our post's participation in the Memorial Day Rememberance at the Community Park in Jacksonville on 28 May.  It was a beautiful, but hot day with our local Marine Corps League providing the Honor Guard.   Also represented was our local Jacksonville High School Band.  It was a very high privilege and honor for me, as your Commander to speak briefly on behalf of Post 279. When our Legion was tasked with hosting this years Memorial Day Rememberance, I was also tasked with finding a guest speaker.  I could not think of a better person than C.O. Smith.  He has been a advocate for veterans for several years.  He has risen thru the Ranks of the Marine Corps League.  I cannot say enough about how humbled I was to listen to his heartfelt speech.  

     On 5 June, at our monthly meeting our membership re-elected the following Officers:
Commander: Danny Davison; Sr. Vice Commander: Frank Marshall; Jr. Vice Commander: Zeddie Bell; Adjutant: Warrren Heaton; Chaplain: Louis Eason; and Sgt. at Arms: Mike Morrow.  Our Finance Officer Position remains unfilled; Our Service Officer position remains unfilled;  If we can find Veterans willing to serve their fellow veterans in these roles,  I will appoint them to these positions.   A big thanks to all our officers who served this past year!!
     During our Jacksonville 4th of July Celebration,  Our Legion was represented by our Adjutant Warren Heaton and a new member to our post James Vannier.  Our golf cart most definatly stood out in the parade. 
     The past year has been difficult in some ways.  But, life is tough and we find ways to persevere and continue forward.  This is true for the Post 279 Legion Family.
     After many years without an active Sons of the American Legion presence, Joel DuPre has stepped up as the newly elected Commander.  He brings new and innovative ideas to the Legion.  He has taken on an active role in helping me bring our Legion up to date.  His contributions thus far have been seen by many.  If you have the opportunity to visit the Legion, I would encourage you to take a look at the "old" kitchen.  He, along with several other members has transformed our delapidated kitchen into a usable and fuctional prep room.  He has also taken the lead in construction of the "smoke shack"  to be built on the West side of the Legion building.  Thank You for your continued support.

     With the help of many dedicated individuals, we have been successful in restoring financial stability to our Post.  Doing so required many sacrifices and changes.  Thank you all for helping and supporting the Post in making the changes necessary to survive.

     To end, I want to thank all of our volunteers and employees for all the hard work that they put into our Post every day. Without these dedicated men and women, our post wouldn’t be where it is today!! I hope everyone has a great Summer, and I look forward to seeing ALL OF YOU at our upcoming events.

Danny W. Davison
Commander Post 279      

American Legion Website

The American Legion Post 279 has launched a new web page to make it easier for veterans, service members and families to access Legion support programs and activities. The new web page features links to Veterans Programs, Upcoming Legion Events, Membership Meeting Minutes, our Post Bar information as well as our Banquet Hall rental.  Please take a moment and visit our webpage at

Feel free to speak with the Commander or the Sr. Vice (Frank)if you wish to add anything to our webpage or Newsletter.

American Legion Preamble

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together 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 one hundred percentAmericanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations 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 the 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 comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Calendar of Events


The American Legion has its roots going all the way back to 1919 when it was chartered by Congress as a patriotic veterans’ organization. Since then the Legion has become America’s largest veterans’ service organization advocating on behalf of veterans, service members, families, youth and communities 
Calendar of Events
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