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Why Become A Legionnaire?
Join American Legion Post 544
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
Eligibility Dates
8/2/90 - Present
(Gulf War/War On Terrorism)
12/29/89 - 1/31/90 (Panama)
8/24/82 - 7/31/84
2/28/61 - 5/7/75 (Vietnam War)
6/25/50 - 1/312/55 (Korean War)
12/7/41 = 12/31/46 (WWII)

The American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary
 of Wisconsin

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Christian Peterson
(262) 206-0011
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AL Boys State & ALA Girls State

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  Flag Etiquette 

Dates to Fly The American Flag
New Year's Day (January 1st)
Presidential Inauguration Day
(January 20th - every 4 years)
Martin Luther King's Birthday
(3rd Monday in January)
Lincoln's Birthday (February 12th)
Washington's Birthday
(3rd Monday in February)
Easter Sunday
Patriot's Day
(3rd Monday in April)
Mother's Day
(2nd Sunday in May)
Peace Officers Memorial Day
(May 15th)
Armed Forces Day
(3rd Saturday in May)
Memorial Day
(Last Monday in May)
Wisconsin (May 29th)
D-Day (June 6th)
Flag Day (June 14th)
Father's Day
(3rd Sunday in June)
Independence Day (July 4th)
Korean Veteran's Memorial Day (July 27th)
Labor Day
(1st Monday in September)
National Day Of Service & Remembrance
(September 11th)
Constitution Day
(September 17th)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day (3rd Friday in September)
Gold Star Mother's Day
(September 29th)
Columbus Day
(2nd Monday in October)
Navy Day (October 27th)
Election Day (Tuesday following the 1st Monday in November)
Veteran's Day
(November 11th)
Thanksgiving Day
(4th Thursday in November)
Pearl Harbor Day (December 7th)
Christmas Day (December 25th)
Department of Veterans Affairs
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Military Income Tax


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Kenosha County
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Kenosha County *

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Jim Schmidt - Chairman
Service Officer

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Military Times

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The Wall ~ USA


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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Helping Military Veterans Reconnect

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Make the Connection
Supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veteran Affairs
National Center for PTSD

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Help for those who need it

Family Of a Vet
Resources and assistance for service members, veterans and families living with PTSD, TBI and the challenges of life after combat
Give an Hour
Provides free mental health care to service members, veterans and families
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Resources and support for families who have lost service members in combat, training accidents, or to suicide or illness
Not Alone
Help for service members and families, particularly dealing with PTSD
Her War, Her Voice!
Peer support for the families of service members, particularly those who deploy

Honor Flight Network
Badger Honor Flight
U. S. Army ~ Fort McCoy
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Richard I. Bong
Veterans Historical Center
The High Ground
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration
American Battle Monuments Commission
Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial
POW/MIA Bracelets
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Wall-USA
Canine Shilo ~ Handler Judy Newcomb Click on the Logo for Website or
call Tammie Rogers (618) 427-3333
I know Jack personally and he is GREAT!  Click on his Card to go to his Website.

Save-A-Vet ~ MWD Rescue

America's VetDogs
Service & Therapy Dogs for Veterans

Guide Dog Foundation
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Rolling Thunder WI Chapter 3 Logo
Rolling Thunder® Chapter 3
Genoa City Red Dogs Baseball
POC: Jude (480) 203-6805
Twin Lakes Country Club

Country Thunder

Volunteers of America

Edgewood College in Madison
Contact Veterans Services Coordinator Matthew Schroeder (608) 333-8103

Discover Wisconsin
Type in Wisconsin American Legion in the Search Section in the upper right hand corner.  Click on the first (VIDEO)
Hunting & Fishing License for Wisconsin Veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs
Free Access to State Parks & Trails
Department of Veteran Affairs

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

West of the I
Kenosha News Community Calendar
Salute to Veterans ~ Oshkosh 2010 ENJOY THIS VIDEO!




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American Legion Post 544
Physical Address: 989 Legion Drive
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 907
Twin Lakes, WI 53181
(262) 877-3669



Missing Man Table (PRINT)


Post 544 News (PRINT)


Fall Festivus

Memorial Day Parades

AL Riders District 1


Suicide Hotline
Hearing Impaired Click Logo ABOVE


POW/MIA Silent March & Balloon Launch

SAL Squadron Facebook

American Legion Auxiliary




Nine Men's Misery

is a site in current day Cumberland, Rhode Island where nine colonists were tortured by the Narragansett Indian tribe during King Philip's War. A stone memorial was constructed in 1676 which is believed to be the oldest veterans memorial in the United States.

MARCH 26 1676

On March 26, 1676, during King Philip's War, Captain Michael Pierce led approximately sixty Plymouth Colony colonial troops and twenty Wampanoag Christian Indians in pursuit of Narragansett Indians who had burned several Rhode Island towns and attacked Plymouth, Mass., as part of King Philip's War. Pierce's troops caught up with the Narragansett Indians, Wampanoag, Nashaway, Nipmuck, Podunk but were ambushed in what is now Central Falls, Rhode Island. Pierce's troops fought the Narragansetts for several hours, but were surrounded by a larger force of Narragansetts. The battle was one of the biggest defeats of colonial troops during King Philip's War with nearly all killed in the battle, including Captain Pierce and the Christian Indians ("Praying Indians") (exact numbers vary by account somewhat). The Narragansetts lost only a handful of warriors.

Nine of the colonists who were among the dead were first taken prisoner (along with a tenth man who survived). These men were purportedly tortured to death by the Narragansetts at a site in Cumberland, Rhode Island, currently on the Cumberland Monastery and Library property. The nine dead colonists were buried by English soldiers who found the corpses and buried them in 1676. The soldiers created a pile of stones to memorialize the colonists. This pile is believed to be the oldest veterans' memorial in the United States, and a cairn of stones has continuously marked the site since 1676.

The "Nine Men's Misery" site was disturbed in 1790 by medical students led by one Dr. Bowen looking for the body of one of the dead colonists, Benjamin Bucklin, who was said to be unusually large with a double row of teeth. They were stopped by outraged locals. The site was desecrated several more times until 1928 when the monks who then owned the cemetery built a cemented stone cairn above the site. The cairn and site can still be visited on the Monastery grounds.

Pierce's Fight was followed by the burning of Providence three days later, and then the capture and execution of Canonchet, the chief sachem of the Narragansetts. The war was winding down even at the time that Pierce's party was destroyed, and in August, King Philip himself was killed.

Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day. Armistice Day was created to honor veterans of World War I.

June 1, 1954 was when the United States changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring all military veterans.

There are roughly 24 million living veterans.

WRAF member Florence Green, who died on 4 February 2012, was the last surviving veteran of any nation of WWI

Veteran’s Day, which pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead, differs from Memorial Day during which we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.

There Are 1.6 Million Female Vets

The Postal Service is the Largest Employer of Veterans.  130,000 vets now work for the Post Office.

May 28, 1984 - An unknown soldier from the Vietnam War is reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1998, he is identified through DNA tests as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old pilot shot down in 1972 on the border of Cambodia.

A Marine instructor in chemical warfare asked soldiers in his class: Anyone knows the formula for water? Sure. That's easy, said one recruit. What is it? H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O. What, what? Re-asked the Instructor. H to O, explained the recruit. You are officer material son! Semper Fi !

There's an ARMY guy and a Marine in the bathroom taking a leak, The Army guy zips up and starts to leave, The marine runs to stop him and says..."You know, in the Marines they teach us to wash our hands AFTER WE PEE." Then the Army guy SAYS..." In the Army they teach not to pee on our hands!"



Good Night Brave Soldiers.  Thank you for having our six.  Your always in The American Legion Post 544's Thoughts and Prayers.  We love each and everyone of you as you are our brothers and sisters.
Fair Winds and Following Seas
"Semper Paratus" Always Ready
"Semper Fidelis" Always Faithful
Aim High...Fly-Fight-Win
This We'll Defend


Update Address for Post 544 News (PRINT)

(PRINT) Directions & Map to the Post

(PRINT) Hall Rental Information & Form

(PRINT) Craft Fair Registration Form

Soap Box Derby Directions (PRINT)


The American Legion Mission is to Provide Service to Veterans, Their Families & Their Communities

Kenosha's Community Calendar 

Renew/Update Membership Form (PRINT)

Join American Legion Form (PRINT)

Why Become A Legionnaire?



 Download FREE Adobe PDF Reader

Please Just Click the Guestbook Graphic!

Arion Award

Scholarships and Awards

Children & Youth Narrative (PDF)

VA & R Report (PDF)

Consolidated Post Report (PDF) June 1

Wisc. Legion Local Posts Events Calendar


Officer Reporting Form (PRINT)

Member Data Form (PDF)

Paid Up For Life Form (PDF)

(PDF) Membership Transmittal Form

American Legion Facebook

"For God & Country"

(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Paul Martinez, Ed Zyer, Dusty Hoppe, Post 544 Commander Mary Weil and Paula Sass

Our Mission Statement

The American Legion Post 544 is as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. We are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs , advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members, veterans. and their families in our community. Our success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. This organization belongs to the people it serves and the community in which it thrives.

Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion
     "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 percent Americanism; 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."
The Four Pillars of the American Legion are:

Strong National Security
 Taking Care of Veterans
 Mentoring Youth
 Promoting Patriotism & Honor


Please keep your address, telephone number, and Legion Information up to date by filling in your 'Renew/Update Membership' Form.  You can also pay your Dues using this Form.
If you would like the Newsletter sent to you, please fill out the
and stay informed on upcoming events and everything to do with the Post.
Meets on 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM
    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM
VA Issues Fraud Alert
Veterans Should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Dept. of VA Nat'l Call Center or GI Bill Call Center.  The answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal information, including credit card information.  Do not dial by mistake 800-872-1000 or 888-444-4511.  If anyone asks you for personal information, HANG UP!


Members and Family Members 60+ young,
come have lunch at the Post from 9 am - 2 pm,
Monday - Friday
GREAT FOOD for $2.50
Contact Linda at (262) 877-3503
Assembled by Veterans in VA Hospitals Nationwide.
Please Support Your Veterans & BUY A BUDDY POPPY!
Pizza, Breadstix and Salad.
Drinks sold separately.
Usually on every other Wednesday (1st & 3rd) at the Post.
Please check the current Post 544 News Newsletter because the
date does change for the current monthly dates.
From 4:30-7 pm and costs only $6 a person.


Make checks payable & mail to:
Heroes to Hometowns-Operation Comfort Warriors,
National Security Division
1608 K St, NW,
Washington, DC 20006
All proceeds will go directly to the
an American Legion Program
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brave
young men and women of America
who are now in the battle front defending freedom.
May they come home, honorably and victoriously,
before we have been apart from them too long and may
they all come home safely into the arms of those
who love and miss them.
Our prayers will not cease until they are all safely home
Soldiers Deck of Cards (VIDEO)

Send Care Packages to:
~ Write to the Troops ~
P. O. Box 222
Camp Douglas, WI 54618


Operation Gratitude
Sending Care Packages To Our Troops


If you have lost a limb and would like to participate in SPORTS please contact:
Pam Redding at (312) 861-4818 or email her at
Visit their website at
Contact Chris Riley from the post at (262) 862-1947 or email him at
Need a ride to the Hospital or Clinic?
Contact Patty Davis
(414) 384-2000 Ext. 41811.
The DAV Van will pick you up/drop you off at your home, Clinic or the
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
The Wall Song ~ A Tribute

The Wall Song is a tribute born out of the kindred creative spirits of poet Judy Gorman King and songwriters Mitch Townley and Brad Dunse.  Mitch heard Judy present her poem, The Spirit Of The Wall, at a Nashville benefit for homeless veterans in March, 2008.  She gave him permission to use the poem as the inspirational foundation for the song.  Mitch invited his good friend, singer/songwriter Brad Dunse to collaborate with him and the project was underway.  The Wall Song was recorded in Nashville in July, 2008 by artist J. P. Williams and produced by Chip Martin.


"Service, Honor, Sacrifice" Missing Man Tribute (VIDEO)
Winner of the Silver Telly Award and Silver Communication Award
Wisconsin POW/MIA Balloon Launch Ceremony (VIDEO)
* * * Also shows Missing Man Table * * *
Jeff "Doc" Dentice started the Wisconsin POW/MIA National Balloon Launch Thank You Doc!

DPMO ~ Defense Prisoner of War * Missing Personnel Office
Department of Defense

Red Shirt Fridays

Benefits and Services for Wisconsin Veterans and Their Families
           Click On Logo or Call 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387)
Troops to Teachers

Veterans Retraining Grant

Assistance for Homeless Veterans

Wisconsin Veterans Homes

Wisconsin Veterans Property Tax Credit

Federal Claims Assistance

Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries

Military Funeral Honors

Wisconsin GI Bill (Veterans, Spouses & Children)

Federal GI Bills

VetEd Reimbursement Grants

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant

Loan Programs (Home Loans, Home Improvement Loans & Personal Loans)

Assistance to Needy Veterans Grants (Subsistence Aid Grant & Health Care Aid Grant)



Walk-in Center for Homeless Veterans now open at Lovell Federal Health Care Center located at 3001 Green Bay Rd. (North Chicago VA Hospital) from 1 to 4 pm, Monday, Wednesday & Friday in Bldg. 133, Rm. 1D 121. Call (224) 610-1148.
Outside operating hours, call (224) 588-0009.


The NVF is open to all who seek emotional support and other assistance.


National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (877) 424-3838 {24/7}
301 Mather St., Green Bay
(920) 437-3766      24 HOUR HOTLINE
Food for the Hungry
John (262) 784-6591
Mike (414) 771-0715
Food Share Wisconsin (QUEST Card)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (800) 362-3002
301 Mather St., Green Bay
(920) 437-3766
Lunch 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Dinner 5-6 pm


Wisconsin Employment Resource Connection

Wisconsin Job Network

Department of Workforce Development


Please send donations to support the ongoing efforts to help the nation's wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans through the National Flagship Reintegration and Transition Program.
Make checks payable to:
Heroes to Hometowns
Mail to:
Heroes to Hometowns, National Security Division
1608 K St, NW, Washington, DC 20006
All proceeds will go directly to the Heroes to Hometowns Program
(800) 504-4098
For Service Members and Their Family Members
Click on Logo


(877) 699-2654

American Legion Members and their Families join for FREE with no Credit Card Fees


Move with preferred savings of 50% or more on interstate moving and in-transit storage.
Request a free in-home survey and price quote.
North American Van Lines at (800) 343-6899
Allied Van Lines at (800) 871-8864
Budget Truck Rental offers a 15% discount. Call (800) 566-8422.
Mention Legion Association Account #56000048881
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz & National Car Rental gives various discounts for Legionnaires
and Sons of the American Legion.

Dish Network & Direct TV gives discounts to NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY.  Call (866) 534-4669

Discounts on Computers - Mention Legion ID: PS35524183
Apple (877) 377-6362
Dell (800) 695-8133


Offers 15% off.  Mention Promotion Code (Legion)
(888) 755-7474 

Jeep offers $500 discounts on all new vehicles for all Military & Veterans!

AT&T & Verizon Wireless offers a 15% discount.
Just bring your DDFm 214 or ID Card to your local store.
Click on logo for more information.  Call M-F 9am-6pm

Home Depot & Lowes offers a 10% military discount to active duty, active reserve, retired military and immediate family.  Just show your valid Military ID.

Veterans Holidays® ~ Vacations for Veterans and their Families
Call (877) 772-2322 and mention Code #600
Shades of Green is dedicated to enhance readiness and morale of the combined Armed Forces by providing affordable, first class accommodations in a premier setting combined with friendly and enthusiastic service in an environment revolving around respect, dignity and teamwork for those who have served or continue to serve our great nation.

Anheuser-Busch – Here’s to the Heroes provides a single day’s free admission to and one Sea World or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents. Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve service member or National Guardsman is entitled to free admission under the program.  He or she need only register, either online or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a Department of Defense photo ID.  Also included in the offer are members of foreign military forces serving in the coalitions in Iraq or Afghanistan or attached American units in the U.S. for training.


"I, _____, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
So help me God."

Tribute to all the men and women serving our country and giving us freedom.

May this nation never forget the sacrifices made for freedom. Our freedom which they fight for and the love of their country for which they give unconditionally. Most have served in combat and understand what our soldiers are going through. Understanding the anguish and frustration. These videos show a very small portion of that. They are someone's son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend ~ they are our troops.
It's time to bring them home!


Casting Crowns "Praise You in the Storm"
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13
Toby Keith "American Soldier" (VIDEO)

Do you know a Soldier coming home from war?
Contact your SERVICE OFFICER, Jim Schmidt at (262) 537-4001
or E-Mail at
and let us give them the "Welcome Home Celebration" they deserve!


Dedicated to all U.S. Military Women
Thank you Norman Lindsey for making this (VIDEO)
Music "Halo" by Beyoncé
Women in the Military (VIDEO)
Music "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne


The Department of Veterans Affairs will only pay service dog benefits to veterans with
vision, hearing or mobility-related injuries but not to veterans suffering only with
post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disabilities.


Gary Sinise * Foundation * (VIDEO)