AMERICAN LEGION - DISTRICT 2

           

 




SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
2017-2018



           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           



     
   
 
     

STAYING THE COURSE WITH THE SAL
 GENE OLSWOLD
DETACHMENT COMMANDER
MINNESOTA




Past Commander 2015-2017 Scott Gebel
Past Commander 2014-2015 Gene Olswold
Past Commander 2013-2014 Brandon Moody
Past Commander 2011-2013 Craig Boelter
Past Commander 2009-2011 Jim Ellis
Past Commander 2006-2009 John Affolter
Past Commander  2004-2006 Scott Jones
Past Commander  2002-2004 Gary Myrom
Past Commander  2001-2002 Gary Mace
Past Commander  1998-2000 Perry Madden


 

 

Preamble to the Sons of the American Legion 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.

  

The Sons of The American Legion (SAL) is a program of The American Legion established in 1932 in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the SAL have assisted The American Legion with their programs and activities.

In 1996, they attained an all time high membership of over 189,701 members nationally and have already surpassed that for 1996. The largest Detachment (State level) has over 25,000 plus members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest membership and the largest increase in membership. The American Legion, the Sons of The American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary form the "Legion Family." Our family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 4.2 million members.

Membership in the SAL is open to all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion. Also accepted are any such descendants of veterans who died in service during the eligibility 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. Since the eligibility age begins from date of birth, activities and programs of squadrons are determined by age groups within squadrons and the needs of the community. Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state, and nation, so each squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs. The average age of an SAL member is estimated at 33 years of age.

The Sons of the American Legion have study programs recommended for younger members, however, this is not limited to just them. The program is called The Ten Ideals, patriotism, health, knowledge, training, honor, faith, helpfulness, courtesy, reverence, and comradeship. Once completed, members may continue with another program called the Five-Point Program of Service. This program covers patriotism, citizenship, discipline, leadership, and legionism.

The Sons of The American Legion is more than just membership. On all levels, they have worked together with The American Legion to promote a wide variety of programs, including assissting the local posts in all activities, Veterans programs (VAVS), VA home and hospital volunteering, Children & Youth activities, and fund raising. Since 1988, the Sons of The American Legion have raised over $475,000 for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, including $116,000, in 1996. The members of SAL have donated over 63,000 volunteer hours for 1996 in the Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $242,000 that has gone directly to the VA hospitals and VA homes for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment, and clothes for the patients.

The Sons of The American Legion is one of the organizations that make up the Citizens Flag Alliance , a coalition formed to secure Flag protection legislation through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. SAL volunteers work to establish local networks by having petitions available and handing out informational material. They alert the community of the importance of Flag display and respect, while encouraging Flag education programs in schools and other local organizations.

Activities of the Sons of The American Legion are covered, in-depth, in their newsletter National Update which is produced three times per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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