SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
The Sons of the Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible membership in the American Legion. Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our naation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion family programs. Our family boasts a combined total of nearly 4.2 million members. This year, The Sons attained an all time high national membership of over 315,000. The largest Detachment, Pennsylvania, has over 38,000 members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest increase in membership.
There are many men, who are members of both, The American legion and The Sons of The American Legion. Often, these individuals started out as young members of the Sons. Then when they were old enough to serve in the military, they also became eligible to join The Legion.
Potential S.A.L. members should use these dates to determine if their parents or grandparents are/were eligible for membership in The American Legion:
World War I - April 6, 1918 - November 11, 1918
World War II - December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean War - June 25, 1950 - January 31,1955
Vietnam Era - February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
Lebonon/Grenada - August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
Panama - December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 - this eligility period remains open
Preamble to the S.A.L. National Constitution
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.
For more information or a membership application please contact Squadron Commander Christopher Lindloff at 262 728-8521.
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