Honor Flight Chicago’s mission is to Honor, Thank, and Inspire by building awareness and appreciation of the debt of gratitude America owes its veterans for their service and sacrifice for our nation.


The centerpiece of our programming is the Day of Honor in Washington, D.C., visiting the memorials built in tribute to the service of our veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This trip is provided at no cost to the veteran and is intended as a heartfelt thank you for their service and sacrifice from a grateful nation. Honor Flight Chicago encourages community and student participation in all of our programs, and uses lessons derived from the Day of Honor trip in its Operation Education program, inspiring students to learn about the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

With the welcomed support of generous donors and a caring public, Honor Flight Chicago intends to continue its mission to include veterans of wars – past, present, and future – as we recognize the bravery, determination, and patriotism of our veterans.

About Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing the service and sacrifice of America’s senior war veterans by providing all-expense paid trips for these heroes to visit the Washington, D.C., memorials built in their honor. Founded in 2008, Honor Flight Chicago is the largest hub in the national Honor Flight Network and has flown more veterans than any other hub.


Edna Ho and Doug Meffley
Directors, Honor Flight Chicago




April 1, 2024

The Elmhurst American Legion is proud to announce that The Dan Gibbons Foundation has a continuing program for veterans called Cafe Liberty. The foundation is best known for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot here in Elmhurst on Thanksgiving Day. They have started Cafe Liberty, a veterans culinary training program for veterans who are unemployed or underemployed and looking to enter the culinary field.

This 11 week program, offered four times a year, will professionally train participants for a lifetime career in the food service industry, and/or serve as a bridge to an advanced culinary institution at no cost to the veteran. Whatever direction you choose, it is Cafe Liberty's goal to see you suceed.

If you are a veteran, or know of one who may be interested, please visit their website, www.cafeliberty.org for information or to apply. You may also call 630-868-3003 for information. The Dan Gibbons Foundation website may be viewed at www.dangibbonsfoundation.org .   

-- Ed.



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November 18, 2023

Cafe 187 is looking for Friday Night Fish Fry and Saturday night event people who can clean up our kitchen after used. Previous restaurant experience and basic sanitation knowledge needed. Inquire to Al Bertolani at the Post, 630-833-7800. 

Fish Fry Volunters needed! We are in need of chefs/cooks, servers, busboys, kitchen help, and susbtitute fill in people for our Friday Fish Fry. Servers get to keep any tips they earn. You may work weekly, bi monthly, or once a month. All efforts are appreciated. All volunteers are treated to a fish dinner at the end of restaurant hours. If interested, please contact Al Bertolani at the Post: 630-833-7800.    

--Al Bertolani, Finance Officer, Post 187




February 2, 2022

Cher Smith Conrad will be hosting another care package, the Packages Abroad Project, for active duty troops in March. If you have toiletries, books, playing cards, etc., and you would like to donate for these boxes, please put them in the Doug Chant Room. A complete list of items needed is on the bulletin board in the bar area. You may also make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of mailing these boxes. Each box costs $19.00 to send. Contact Cher at 630-640-5771 with any questions, or to let her know you'd like to volunteer to help pack the boxes. Exact dates for packing and shipping will be forthcoming.

--Leslie Uher, Auxiliary President 




March 30, 2024


The Dessert Bar at the Friday Fish Fry has concluded for the warmer months as of Good Friday, March 29, 2024. We will be back the first Friday in September, 2024. Due to lack of volunteers, it will only be held the first and second Fridays of the month and the fifth Friday of the month as it occurs. 

More bakers and volunteers are currently needed!  Auxiliary members, we need you to step up. You can bring a friend with you to help out if you choose. Please call Leslie Uher at 630-935-2329 if you would like to sign up for the dessert bar. It is held on the above referenced Fridays from 5:00-8:00 p.m.




- Auxiliary Meetings this year have resumed at 1:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December. The Auxiliary Executive Board meetings are to be determined and will be announced ahead of time.      

- Membership dues for the 2024 year are $30.00 for senior members and $5.00 for junior members.  

- Please contact Leslie Uher at the Post, 630-833-7800, if interested in any Auxiliary volunteer jobs.

-- Leslie Uher, Auxiliary President 



March 19, 2024

The 2024 scholarship due date was March 15, 2024

​The time has expired to remind those college-age students in your family to think about applying for an Auxiliary or Post Scholarship. Please review now for the 2024 information. We are also looking for volunteers to participate on the scholarship committee.

The Auxiliary has scholarships available for American Legion and Auxiliary members, their children, and grandchildren. To qualify, an applicant must be related to or be a member of T.H.B. Post 187 and be enrolled  at an accredited College, University or trade school.  Applications are available on line at our Post website:  www.americanlegionthb187.org.  Click on the "Auxiliary Scholarship" link or, "Scholarship" link, and follow the prompts to complete, print, and mail to the address on the application.  

 --Scholarship Committee



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Auxiliary Meetings

Auxiliary Meetings are at 1:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December. 

Auxiliary Board Meetings:

The Auxiliary Executive Board meetings are to be determined and will be announced ahead of time. 

Every Friday: - Fish Fry, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Dessert Bar is September until April each season. Check the above heading reading "Dessert Bar resumed September..." for more information.  

Featured bands regularly perform at the Post each Friday also. Check our main web page tab "Bands, Bands, Bands" for lineups and schedules. 





Congratulations to all Auxiliary & Post members celebrating their birthdays during this month! We hope you are able to enjoy your "Special Day" in whatever way you choose to celebrate.

For June our best wishes go to: 

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Our 104th year of Service - Chartered September 26, 1919 

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