The Sons of The American 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 for 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 nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship (“About the Sons”, https://www.legion.org/sons/about, American Legion, 2017) .
The Blairsville Post 121 S.A.L was formed in late 2017 with the primary goal of reaching out to the younger generation of the community to provide resources to inspire, motivate, and educate our them on our great nation’s history, ideas, and visions. We understand that values are created through family and faith. These values should be fostered through positive environments.
We strive to impart a strong sense of patriotism, knowledge, and values that are quickly being lost in our ever-changing society. We work closely with other organizations, schools, and businesses to educate and promote these values throughout the local community.
The SAL provides support to other organizations of the Legion and assists during events, rides, and other charity gatherings. At all levels, Sons support The American Legion in promoting a wide variety of programs. Sons assist their posts in other activities such as Veterans programs, Veterans Administration home and hospital volunteerism, Children Youth projects and fundraising. Since 1988, The Sons have raised more than $6.9 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members have volunteered over 1.3 million hours to date in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $2,500,000 that has gone directly to VA hospitals and VA homes for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment and clothing for the patients (“About the Sons”, https://www.legion.org/sons/about, American Legion, 2017) .
Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state and nation, each S.A.L. squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs. The S.A.L. has study programs recommended for younger members. One such program, called “The Ten Ideals,” teaches the elements of patriotism, health, knowledge, training, honor, faith, helpfulness, courtesy, reverence and comradeship. If a member completes the Ten Ideals program, he is eligible to continue with another program called the “Five-Point Program of Service.” This program covers patriotism, citizenship, discipline, leadership and legionism(“About the Sons”, https://www.legion.org/sons/about, American Legion, 2017).
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 the military, they also became eligible to join The Legion.
The S.A.L is continually growing and new members are always welcome