The Batavia VFW is invested in supporting the community through a number of groups that align with our mission to improve patriotism both locally and nationally.


Batavia’s Loyalty Day

The parade was started in 1975. Every year Post 1197 sponsors, organizes, and operates the parade on the first Sunday in May. Post 1197 thanks everyone who has contributed to the funding of the parade. With the help of dozens of volunteers, policemen, firemen, city workers, the parade has been a great success. The parade starts on the west side of Batavia, marches east through the center of Batavia’s downtown, south on IL Rt. 25 ending at VFW Post 1197. Every year the parade grows bigger with all the communities who participate.

  • Mayor of Batavia, City Aldermen, Senators
  • Boy Scouts… Girl Scouts…. Youth Baseball
  • School Bands…. Church and Youth Groups
  • Local community organizations….business
  • POW/MIA..VFWs..American Legions..Veterans
  • U.S. Navy…Marine Color Guard…National Guard

This is a day of loyalty to the Flag, and the Servicemen who have kept our country free. The parade has been and is the Best Loyalty Day Parade in the State of Illinois for six straight years…#1!!!

2016 Loyalty Day Parade Instructions and Application


Student Scholarships

The Batavia VFW rewards the following scholarship opportunities

  • Voice of Democracy - All High School students have an opportunity to win scholarships up to $30,000. More information can be found at the National VFW web site – Voice of Democracy
  • Patriots Pen - Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Inquire at your school for details on how to enter these competitions. More information can be found at the National VFW web site – Patriots Pen


NROTC unit at Mooseheart


Hines Blind Bingo

Hines Bingo


Cub Pack 112 Boys Scouts of America

Batavia Overseas Post 1197 VFW is the chartering organization for Cub Scout Pack 112 located in Batavia Illinois.

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Island View Banquets

Pristine views of the Fox River welcome visitors to a spacious banquet hall which has served as a cornerstone for entertaining groups large and small for more than three decades. Island View Banquets is owned and operated by the Batavia Post 1197 VFW.

Island View Banquets