Sons of the

American Legion (S.A.L.) 


The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion  Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.  S.A.L. members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. 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 nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.   The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.  Although Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a separate entity. Rather, S.A.L. is a program of The American Legion. Many Legionnaires hold dual membership in S.A.L.


The Sons organization is divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level. A squadron pairs with a local American Legion post; a squadron’s charter is contingent upon its parent post’s charter. However, squadrons can determine the extent of their services to the community, state and nation. They are permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet their needs, but must remember S.A.L.’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.



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"10 Ideals"

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"Five Stars" Award

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Program Info

S.A.L. 10 Ideals 


The S.A.L. has adopted 10 ideals that guide the actionsof all squadrons.  They include:


  • Patriotism

  • Health

  • Knowledge

  • Training

  • Honor

  • Faith

  • Helpfulness

  • Courtesy

  • Reverence

  • Comradeship



The Five-Star Award is for all members of The Sons of The American Legion who show dedication and knowledge in the Five-Point Program of Service consisting of the following:


  • Patriotism

  • Citizenship

  • Discipline

  • Leadership

  • Legionism

Mision Statement


The mission of the Sons is to support veterans and their families and the policies of our parent organization, The American Legion. Virtually everything that involves the Sons could be grouped under three areas: 1) support for veterans and their families, 2) promoting patriotism and Americanism and 3) promoting programs which benefit the youth of our country.


Preamble To S.A.L. 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.