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Our Banquet Hall is available to the public and suitable for large and small events at an affordable price, as well as the lesser pricing of our available beverages.  Separate counters for food and beverage.  Easy access, ADA compliant, plenty of parking, close to freeway and motels.   Tables, chairs are available.  Stage for bands and presentations.  

GUESTS (NON-MEMBERS) of our daily club food offerings in the lower area of the facility are most welcome.  While visiting, ask about membership.  Active duty and members of any other veterans organization have full bar privilige.  Guests and non-members of ANY other veterans organization may not directly purchase alcoholic beverages (hall rentals excluded) per the Alcohol Beverage Commission.  Authorized personnel may bring guests (no limitations on quantity).   

Post Telephone (619) 469-6064: Option #2 for Membership and Commander; Option #3 for Hall Rentals

The club is open every day except for Tuesdays.  The American Legion general membership meeting is normally held on the fourth Monday of each month starting 6:00 p.m. sharp, while the Executive Board (officers only) begins at 5:00 p.m.           

For your safety: To purify the air, we have installed UV light in the return ducts of the HVAC System that continually cleanses the air.  When the facility is closed we have UV lights in each room that also functions to sanitize surrounding areas.  The UV light, used in hospitals, has proven effective to remove most common forms of indoor air pollution.  Enclosed in the HVAC unit, it keeps ducts and coils clean of mold that might want to reside there and is also effective for removal of viruses, germs, odors, cooking smells, tobacco smoke, and pet odors (we are a non-smoking facility and do not allow pets unless otherwise allowed per law). 

TEMPORARY CHANGE:  Canteen closed on 8 and 9 August to allow for installation of new flooring.


Wednesday and Saturday Karaoke starts 6 p.m.

Friday live band and dancing starts 6 p.m.

SPECIALS:  Monthly Breakfast 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $10 adult, $5.00 child ---- PUBLIC WELCOME!

Established Hours of Operation for the Canteen/Meal Times:

CLOSED ON TUESDAYs and 8 August (Monday)

Open Monday and Wednesday thru Friday, 1 p.m. to *10 p.m..
Saturday, 12 p.m. to *10 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.until *8 p.m.  We will open 10 a.m. when NFL football starts
*Closing hours are adjusted by the bartender depending on the business activity.  
Meal hours differ from open hoursMEAL times (NOTE that Tuesdays we are closed) are:
Monday @ 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday  @  5:30 to 7:00 pm w/Karaoke starting 6:00 p.m.
Thursday @ 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 
Friday @  5:30 to 7:00 pm w/live music starting 6:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 3 to 7 pm; Karaoke starting 6 p.m.
Sunday @  Noon to 3 p.m.
Friday night meal price is now $12.00 but less for other meals.  End of meal time is normally 6:45 p.m. or when all food is served. 
Via Direct TV, we televise Football (college and pro), Baseball, Golf, Basketball, Soccer, and other sports. 
                                          We Have a Hall Facility that is available to the public!

La Mesa Post 282 was chartered on June 28, 1923.  We have been in our current location since 1947, building the facility soon after purchase of the land from the City of La Mesa on 28 Feb 1947 for the sum of $2,525.68.  Currently, the American Legion facility houses American Legion Post 282 and Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion Squadron 282, VFW Ship 1774 and Auxiliary, and the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1365 of San Diego and Imperial Counties.  The facility is affectionately called the La Mesa Veterans Club since all of the La Mesa veterans' organizations are located in the same facility.   

We welcome personnel from all uniformed branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; active duty, retired, veteran, National Guard, Reserve.  It does not matter of the location where you may have served or when, if you belong to another veterans' organization, are a family member, or guest of authorized persons.  We affectionately call outselves the La Mesa Veterans Club because we host all of the City of La Mesa's  veteran's organizations in our facility where we conduct meetings, Programs, family-friendly events, and food and drink offerings.   

We are a very active establishment with reasonable, suggested prices.  Members of the public may join us for our daily scheduled meal times but due to the restrictions levied by the Alcohol Beverage Commission, you cannot directly purchase alcohol UNLESS OF COURSE YOU ARE IN THE UPPER MAIN HALL IN AN OFFICIAL FUNCTION.  When in the lower club, your sponsor will need to purchase it for you.

The American Legion, its Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), and Legion Riders are the American Legion family.  Eligibility for the American Legion is anyone who honorably served for one day since 7 Dec 1941.  Eligibility criteria for the Auxiliary and SAL can be found elsewhere on this website.  Currently, we do not have a Legion Riders Chapter but have interest in forming one. 

Our members often belong to one or more of the veteran's organizations that may be present in our facility based on individual eligibility.  Persons who have multiple memberships do it for reasons related to the desire to assist other organizations, benefits, travel, and a sense of belonging since the Programs do somewhat differ.  To those who may be interested, please visit us at any time of the day.  We do not care to which organization another belongs as "we are all together."  Eligible persons are strongly encouraged to join us so we may fulfill our mission to better serve the needs of the community and remain strong.  

Your membership and/or participation allow us all to continue serving God, Country, and Community.  Our local mission is to provide camaraderie, a support base for the veteran and family within the local community, low-cost meals, entertainment, counseling, various programs that assist the community, and to otherwise serve veterans and family members while embodying the goals of the American Legion Preamble as stated below:        


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

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

to maintain law and order;

to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;

to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to 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.

Not eligible to be a member or are someone who would like to contribute? Want to help the La Mesa community veterans? You may donate directly to us BY MAIL TO: American Legion Post #282, P.O. Box 265, La Mesa, CA 91944-0265 or by using the donation button on this web page.  You may also join our Post as a Sponsor (for details, click Sponsors tab on the left).  Fully 100% of the monies raised are used for veterans’ needs and issues.  Your donations help us sponsor such as youth programs and scholarships, flags for the Memorial, aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families, our Vietnam Memorial's upkeep, and otherwise help us to continue the financial support to worthy community programs and projects.

To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the La Mesa community:  Join our Post as a Booster or Sponsor (if a business, we will provide a link to your business).  100% of the monies raised are given back to the community.  Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.  Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for children, and give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families.  

Thank You for your Donation, large and small are all appreciated! 


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