Charter of the American Legion

National Constitution

and By-laws

Preamble To The Constitution of the
American Legion


For God and Country, we associate ourselves 

together 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 one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations 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 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.

The American Legion Charter:
National Constitution and By-Laws


This Section of the web site contains The American Legion National Constitution and By-Laws.  The Constitution of an contains the fundamental principles which govern our operation.  The Bylaws establish the specific rules of guidance by which the Post is to function. The constitution will serve to:


  • Clarify our purpose

  • Delineate basic structure

  • Provide the cornerstone for building an effective group

  • Allow members and potential members to have a better understanding of what the organization is all about and how it functions. 


The Constitution covers the fundamental principles but does not prescribe specific procedures for operating your organization.  Bylaws set forth in detail the procedures we must follow to conduct business in an orderly manner.  They provide further definition to the Articles of the Constitution and can be changed more easily as the needs of the organization change. 

Interpretation of the Preamble


Each of the 10 Clauses to the Preamble to The Nactional Constitution and By-Laws of the American legion though brief, has a world of meaning.  Review the linked interpretation of the Preamble for more insight.