2020 Press Kit

What is the mission of your organization?

The Preamble To Our Constitution pretty much says it all…

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: 

    • To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States;
    • To maintain law and order;
    • To foster and perpetuate a 100% Americanism;
    • To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all 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 goodwill 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.

Beyond that, we want to do our part to keep Kenosha a great place to live.

The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin, puts it succinctly:  Our mission is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

Leaders,  board members and/or all significant volunteers and their titles

    • Commander:  Larry Lewens
    • Adjutant:  Paul Ciarelli
    • Past Commander:  Ron Hessil 
    • Past Commander:  Jon Sutter 4/19 – 6/19
    • 1st Vice Commander:  Crystal Carter
    • 2nd Vice Commander:  Phil Morris
    • Finance Officer:  Tom Visintainer
    • Chaplain:  David DeBerge
    • Sergeant at Arms:  Curtis Campbell
    • Service Officer:  Phil Morris
    • Judge Advocate:  Steve Tindall
    • Building Maintenance: Jon Sutter
    • Social Media: Carl Bogar, Tom Visintainer, Larry Lewens, Linda Lippert, Paul Ciarelli
    • Website: Paul Ciarelli

How and when did it get its start?

    • The men of the Allied Expeditionary Force World War I developed the idea of the American Legion the help and protect veterans.  The American Legion celebrated its 100th anniversary  in 2019.  
    • In 1938 the citizens of Kenosha came together and built a hall at 504 58th Street as a gift to honor all who have served
    • Anyone with historical information about the post would be a most welcome visitor.

Who can become a member?

    • Any Veteran that served during World War 1, and any veteran that served on or after December 7th, 1941

What kinds of support do you need from the community?

    • Keep an Eye on our website and participate in our events and fundraisers

What services do you provide to the community?

    • US Flag retirement
    • Color Guard for Events
    • Honor Guard for Veteran Funerals

What’s your next event or effort?  

    • Please check out our Events page.

How can people get in touch with you and get involved?