Squadron 581


Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as “Sons of The American Legion” 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 true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers 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 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 friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.

Current Officers

  Commander: Michael Nowak

Sr. Vice: Mark Jackson

Jr. Vice: Terry McDannold

Adjutant: James Vogt

Finance Officer: James Vogt

Historian: Don Eckert

Chaplain: Dave Eckert

Sergeants At Arms: Craig Volkert/Don Eckert


375 East Locust Street

Columbia, IL 62236

(618) 281-5556