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.
Since 1988, S.A.L. has raised more than $5.8 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.
S.A.L. members have volunteered over 500,000 hours at veterans hospitals and raised over $1,000,000 for VA hospitals and VA homes.
The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.
S.A.L. Membership Eligibility Requirements
All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The
American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in
Service during World I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War,
Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War and the War on
Terrorism, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the
National Constitution of The American Legion, or who died subsequent
to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for
Membership in the Sons of The American Legion.
There shall be no forms or class of membership except an active membership.
Squadron 977 Membership meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except July & August) at 6:30pm at the Post.
The design of our emblem was taken from the emblem of our parent organization, but is oval in shape so as to be easily distinguished.
The star in the center represents our country, and the five points of the star represent the five-point program of The Sons of The American Legion.
The sun in the background represents The Sons of The American Legion
and the rays represent the loyalty of its membership.
The blue of the emblem, like the blue of our flag, stands for justice.
The two stars in the blue border stand for freedom and democracy.
The wreath below the star is in memory of our comrades; and those of our fathers who willingly gave their lives for their country.
The ten points of the emblem represent the ten ideals of every Legion son.
Sergeant At Arms
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.
It's that time of year again. The 2023 membership dues are $30.00 and are being collected now.
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