Retired Flag Burning

598 Flags were retired and burned pursuant to United States Flag Code and Resolution 440 of the 19th National Legion Convention

The American Legion Post 328 in Morrison IL celebrated the Legions 103rd birthday along with Bob Brands 92nd birthday. Brands is very active with the Post, in 2021 he performed in twenty-three funerals and color guard events. That was the most of any Legionnaire and he only missed one due to a prior commitment.

Pictured left to right are: Bob Brands, Dale Usterbowski, Barry Linder, Ken Gooley, Dennis VanZuiden, Andy Schroeder, EH Stralow, Ken Petersen, Larry Zuidema, Korey Zigler, Ken Brainerd, Jeff Steele and Jerry Brearton.

Independence Day

Independence Day (often called the 4th of July, this is the day it is - not the name of the holiday) is more than just a three day weekend full of picnics, boating, get togethers, etc. It is celebrating our independence from Great Britain & the commemoration of the passage of our Declaration of Independence.

We are a proud Volunteer Partner of the SAUK IMPACT PROGRAM

Excerpts from the Preamble of the American Legion go hand and hand with the mission of the SVCC Impact Program, examples include:

  • To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

  • To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;

  • To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

To learn more about the IMPACT program, visit

To see available volunteer opportunities sponsored by Morrison American Legion - Click HERE

The SVCC Impact Program will harness the collective power of Sauk Valley partners and communities to create an effective, supportive, sustainable path for students to pursue a college education and achieve career success through lifelong learning, public service and economic advancement.

Morrison Lions Club and the American Legion co-sponsor of the overdue upgrade of flags and poles for Morrison's Avenue of Flags. Click here to download a booklet with acknowledges of generous donors and other contributors.

Grand Re-Opening / Open House

On January 29, 2018, the Building Committee purchased Sawzall (reciprocating saw) blades, which officially kicked off The American Legion Post 328 in Morrison, IL, remodel project. Forward to Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022. After a lot of pauses in the middle–due to ice storms, illness, COVID-19, fire, smoke damage, and a myriad of other hiccups–the Post finally made it to the Grand Reopening.

Over two hundred visitors enjoyed seeing an up-to-date Legion Post with all of the amenities. They were treated to pork chop sandwiches, sides, dessert, and beverages.

Morrison Department of Fun was involved by hosting a Block Party to celebrate the grand opening and Main Street renovation completion.

In addition to having an attractive and up-to-date Post for our Legion meetings, Post 328 is available to rent for small venues. Visit or call 815-310-0333 for information

The photograph of the Ribbon Cutting had Morrison Chamber of Commerce members and Legion Members alike holding the ribbon. Left to right on the ribbon or immediately behind are Myra Huizenga; Chamber Executive Director Faith Rumfelt; Past Commander Terry Jones; Tiffany Tipton; Legionnaires Barry Linder and Ken Petersen; ribbon cutters Sgt.-at-Arms Jerry Brearton and Commander Larry Zuidema; Past Commander Dale Usterbowski (initiator of the remodel project); Senior Vice Commander and skilled craftsman Dennis VanZuiden; Legionnaires Vern Schroeder and Bob Brands; Chamber Board of Directors President Kevin Schisler; Legionnaires E. H. Stralow and Bill Brackemyer.

Johannsen and Matlack laid a memorial wreath in front of the pavilion. The Color Guard retired the Colors: left-to-right, Johannsen, VanZuiden, Matlack, and Brackemyer.

Memorial Day

Left-to-right are Color Guard Lori Matack, U. S. Coast Guard; Flag Bearers William Brackemyer, U. S. Army, and Amy Johannsen, U. S. Air Force; Color Guard Dennis VanZuiden, U. S. Navy. Bob Brands (92), Ken Petersen (80s) and Jerry Brearton also marched.

Service Officer Korey Zigler presents the Junior High School Patriot Award to Samuel Williams and Sarah Wetzell. In additon to the award, they received $25 from the Post.

Pictured left to right are: Chad Hudson, Bill Brackemyer, Rip (on all fours), Ken Brainerd, Larry Zuidema, Blake Adams, Shane Adams, Barry Linder, Ken Petersen, Rob Hudson, Lindsay Workman, Ken Gooley, Danielle Fulton, Terry Jones, Sarah Stralow and Paige Leighton. Volunteers not pictured are: Brian Bartoz, Jim Bramm, Bob Brands, Jack Brearton, Jerry Brearton, Vern Schroeder and Rick Smith. Additionally, Mrs Donna Geerts and her family continue the tradition set forth by Al Geerts and other Legionnaires of planting about 200 flags in over a dozen rural cemeteries. Many miles are accumulated and some for just a couple of veterans' graves.

Funeral Honors Service

for sixty-two year Legionnaire John Reed in Sterling IL at Oak Knoll cemetery. It was a blustery snowy day for the first Saturday of April 2022

The Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Rock Island is standing with Justine & Brandon Doyle while Brandon is holding their son Rhett. Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Doyle reelisted in the United States Navy under the Full Time Support program. Both Justine & Brandon are Legionnaires of Post 328

Color Guard give the Rifle Salute for the Wreaths Across America at the Lusk Memorial Cemetery in Albany IL.

December (and some year-end) accomplishments:

  • Christmas Parade with six Honor Guard present: Commander Zuidema, Adjutant Petersen, Chaplain Seaman, Past Chaplain Brands, Legionnaire Prombo and Sgt-at-Arms Brearton.

  • Funeral for Richard Landheer with 8 honor guard present.

  • Sgt-at-Arms picked up 11 boxes of Gifts to the Yanks from Hinsdale (Not Hillsdale) IL. Delivered 6 boxes to Sterling Post, 1 box to Prophetstown Post and 4 boxes to Lena Post.

  • Wreaths Across America at Lusk Memorial Cemetery in Albany (We perform this because Albany Post can't support it) with 11 Honor Guard (Jeff Steele; Phil Schroeder; Terry Jones; Ken Petersen; Larry Zuidema; Robert Brands; James Prombo; Garry Seaman; Larry Saling and Jerry Brearton).

  • Funerals and other Color Guard events this year were 203 (man hour(s)) with 24 events. This includes 5 funerals in Fulton, 1 in Garden Plain and 1 in Albany. The Post appreciates all of the dedication in participation and making the events between work, doctors appointments/ailments and other commitments. Please remember, we are not a perfect squad but we are better than not having an Honor Guard at all. A special thanks goes out to Bob Brands for only missing one event and Ken Petersen for only missing two, and Garry Seaman for only missing 3 events. Carolyn Aiken also performed Taps at twenty-one funerals/events.

  • The Lions Club along with our assistance has completed its fund drive for Morrison's "Avenue of the Flags" Stand by for a full report on that in future correspondence.

Sgt-at-Arms Jerry Brearton, Commander Larry Zuidema, Adjutant Ken Petersen and Senior Vice Commander VanZuiden pose with the Posts newest member Jacob Andrews

  • Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Post held our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on the 26th of September 2021 (on the last Sunday of September per our annual calendar). 307 Flags were burnt.

  • Resolution 440 of the 19th National Legion Convention (adopted in 1937) states (in part) that all unserviceable American Flags which have been used for the decoration of veterans graves on Memorial Day (and other such service) be collected and inspected, worn and unserviceable Flags shall be condemned and properly destroyed of via burning.

  • Post 328 American Legion in Morrison collects unserviceable flags all year at our Retired Flags Drop Box at 306 E Main St. Other flags such as POW/MIA and state flags may be deposited as well.

  • The annual ceremony is conducted on the last Sunday in September at 12:30. This year it is on the 26th at Morrison Veterans Memorial Park, 150 E High St (across from Northside School)

  • In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.

  • The public is invited to attend and may also bring unserviceable flags. While the ceremony isn't lengthy, lawn chairs are encouraged.

  • The Morrison Legion also sells flags for $20 and will assist in replacing and or installing if needed.

  • Questions can be directed to the Post at (815) 310-0333 or

Meet Copper and his handler LT Cavalos

  • Copper the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office Therapy Dog will be at the October 2021 meeting for a meet and greet.

Wreaths Across America
Gifts to the Yanks who Gave

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - The Honor Guard of the Post will honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This short ceremony will be at the Veteran's Park & Memorial across from Northside School.

Windsor Manor Assisted Care & Memory Care Community will provide hot chocolate, coffee and light snacks prior to and afterwards at the Veterans Park & Memorial for veterans.

Illinois Premier Boys State

The American Legion Post in Morrison is interested in sponsoring a High School Junior or Senior (eligibility is slightly broader) to the 86th Session (11 - 17 June) of Illinois Premier Boys State hosted by Eastern IL University in Charleston. Costs will be covered by Morrison Post. Being a resident of Morrison or attending MHS is not a requirement. If you are within 30 (give or take) miles of Morrison and interested, please contact us.

Illinois Premier Boys State website:

Boys that have attended this have grown into fine young men and become successful in life and society.

American Legion Illinois Premier Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program in which students learn by doing and become part of the operation of city, county, and state governments. Now a national program of the American Legion, Boys State was founded in Illinois in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was founded by three Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy, Harold Card, and Matthew Murphy, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. That is why we use the moniker “Premier” as part of our title; we are Premier.

American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship. Although fictional political parties are created and the citizens are randomly assigned to one, Boys State is nonpartisan in the sense of U.S. or Illinois political parties. The hands-on political and governmental elements of the program center around creating and facilitating city, county, and state governments. Boys State activities include various levels of legislative sessions, political party caucuses, four different election cycles, general assemblies, band concerts, law enforcement presentations, recreational programs, and so much more. We truly believe that the lessons learned and the informal interactions in this program create a week that shapes a lifetime.

American Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program in June right after their junior year. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring Legion Post, a local business, or another community-based organization. Parents and grandparents are also able to sponsor a citizens.

Boys State and Girls State programs currently exist in every state of our union. As separate corporations, Boys State and Girls State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the city to the state level. Two participates from each Boys State and Girls State program are selected to go on and participate as Senators at Boys Nation and Girls Nation.

Fred Steele, Larry Saling, Ron Wiersema (American Flag), Mike Allen (Legion Flag), Garry Seaman, Terry Jones, Ken Petersen, Jim Prombo, Bob Brands, Jeff Steele, Larry Zuidema, Dennis VanZuiden and Jerry Brearton

RIP Dale

DALE R. USTERBOWSKI, 79, of Morrison, IL, died on September 8th, at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Morrison American Legion Post 328. Memorials have been established to Bethesda Lutheran Church and Morrison American Legion Post 328. Dale was born July 10, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to August and Laura (Kuberski) Usterbowski. He was educated in the Chicago grade schools and graduated from high school in Chicago. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. Dale married Nancy V. Menne on April 20, 1968, in Bartlett, IL. He was a sheet metal worker for 35 years for the Local 73 in Chicago, IL. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. He was also a member of the Morrison American Legion Post 328, where he served as Commander for seven years. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Karen (Mauro) Apostoli of West Chicago, IL and Lisa (Keith) Seyller of Maple Park, IL; one son, Matt (Kristi) Usterbowski of Sophia, NC; seven grandchildren, Evan, Andrew and Alyssa Apostoli, Danielle and Nathan Seyller, Zack and Lukas Usterbowski; one brother, Ralph (Pat) Usterbowski of Johnsburg, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marlene Sinagra, Shirley Sopper and Thelma Nee; two brothers, Kenneth and Norbert Usterbowski.