Marion Post 298

The Post General Membership meeting is at 7:30 PM on the second Monday of the month.

Our dues are $40 a year.

Telephone 319-377-8320

625 31st Street, Marion, IA 52302

Veterans Club Hours

Monday 4 to 7

Tuesday thru Thursday 2 to 7

Friday 2 to 8

Saturday noon to 7

Sunday Closed

To rent the hall for receptions, banquets, or other events,

please call the post at 319-377-8320.

New American Legion Logo.

The new motto is

The American Legion

Veterans Strengthening America

Scholarship season is near. They will be posted here as they become available:

Second District Merit Scholarship. Suspense - 15 March, 2023

Post 298 held it’s Constitutional Oratorical Contest on 19 November. Kellie Jorgenson was our Chairperson, and had 3 contestants lined up. All 3 were from Washington High School. 1st place was Andrea Farnum with her topic concerning the Second Amendment. Second place was Izabella MacCormick who spoke about the First Amendment. Third place was Leslie Strottman who gave a quite original presentation on Jury Duty.

Thanks to Kellie for a great job and congratulations to all three young ladies for the quality of their presentations.

We have our meetings available online and live. If you would like to join in a meeting, send an email to and a link will be sent to you.

View our November 2022 meeting at

Previous meetings can be found Here

Welcome to American Legion Post 298 of Marion Iowa. We are Iowa's biggest post, and proud of our facility and our members of the Entire Legion Family. Post, Unit, Squadron and Riders Chapter 298 hope you will come visit us.

Still serving: it’s who we are

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels.

It’s who we are and what we do.

Find out more here.

To join:

Beginning July 1, 2011, all members of The American Legion were given the option to renew their membership and pay their dues online for the following membership year. To learn more about the procedures, visit to view instructional videos.

Legion Meetings are the Second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM

From left: Mark Clark - Chairman of the National American Legion Riders Committee and Senior Road Captain of the 2022 Legacy Scholarship Run, Roger Norfolk, Post 298, Kathy Daudistel - National American Legion Auxiliary President, Michael Fox - National Sons of the American Legion Commander, and Paul Dillard - National American Legion Commander. Roger presented the total contributions of the Post 298 American Legion Family of $4,466.31. Total contributions for 2022 set a new record of 1.32 million dollars.

Carl Kerschenske is shown with Aaron Schultz, the 19 year-old Kirkwood student who was noted on TV and the newspapers for cleaning veterans headstones in local cemeteries. Riders Chapter 298 voted to donate $200 for his cleaning supplies. Carl gave him an additional $50 at the donation presentation.

To rent the hall for receptions, banquets, or other events,

please call the post at 319-377-8320.

The December 2022 newsletter

December 2022 PDF final.pdf

Past Commander Jim Crowley's video message about our post can be seen by clicking here.

If you struggle with depression, this is a group that can help. Click here.

Here is another number that claims 24 hour staffing - not a recording to tell you different number to call.

319-362-2174 24 hour hotline for veterans.

The American Legion celebrated it's 100th year of service to the community, state and nation. Post 298 is proud of it's Centennial Webpage. Most of our history is on the Centennial Page.

It can be found here.

The Iowa Veterans Home has been working to record the stories of veterans in residence. You can view some here

Our Constitution and Bylaws are below

American Legion Post 298 Constitution 11 April 2022 .pdf
American Legion Post 298 Bylaws11 April 2022.pdf

The American Legion stands for a strong America. There is no better way to bring this about than to work with the youth of our land in preparing them to meet the tasks they will face in the years to come. Through its many youth activities, The American Legion is playing the leading role in developing future citizens of America.

Our Beginnings

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Who We Are

Since its chartering by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has been based on four founding principles:

  • Service to Veterans

  • Care and Education of Children

  • Americanism

  • Strong National Defense

These four founding principles are being implemented through some 57 Legion programs by Veterans who truly care about the fate of our nation and the kind of world which is left to our posterity. If you are a Veteran, "Get Involved" and continue to serve and preserve the nation you defended.

What We Do

Our Post strives to be much more than a club with a bar, but to give to the Community, State, and Nation. What we have done in a typical year:

Donated classroom flags to Marion and Linn-Mar schools

1550 hours donated to VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa

25 needy veterans helped

120 units of blood given

32 funeral honors given to veterans who need not be members

2 boys sent to Boys State

Sponsor Boy Scout Troop 58 and Cub Scout Pack 58

Conducted competition for American Legion Oratorical Contest

Conducted 5th grade Flag Essay Contest

Awarded over $4,000 in scholarships

Gave 15 Flag folding and etiquette programs at schools

Posted colors at all Marion and Linn-Mar High School football games

Sponsored 2 Legion Baseball teams

Provided color guards at various community and metropolitan functions

Members logged over 25,000 volunteer hours in the community

Participated in welcome back celebration for all Honor Flights

Provided Welcoming groups to Soldiers Returning from combat

Provided memberships to over 15 active duty / deployed service members

Participated in Operation Package Drop contributing money and donating supplies sent to deployed soldiers

Donated funds to:

Marion Parks and Recreation

Marion Library

Marion Heritage Center

American Red Cross

Foundation 2, children at risk agency

Four Oaks, mental health center

Tanager Place, child advocacy agency

Special Olympics

Camp Courageous

VA Disabled Veteran's Van

American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

Cedar Rapids Freedom Foundation food bank

Willis Dady Homeless Shelter

Links The American Legion National web site The Department of Iowa web site 2nd District web site Linn County Veteran's Assistance site The Disabled American Veterans The Veterans of Foreign Wars The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The P.O.W. Network site The Iowa National Guard web site. MyLegion

President Abraham Lincoln as stated in the Gettysburg Address

"From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."

Press for Legion Post 298

The Publicity Committee is trying to get our name and actions before the public. We received good press in this interview about the Legacy Run.