Founded in 1932, The Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the US military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 3 million nationwide.
Although the Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a separate entity. Rather, the SAL is a program of The American Legion. 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.
The Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Maryland is currently the 7th largest Detachment in the Nation. The Detachment is comprised of more than 16,000 members across 116 Squadrons within the 134 American Legion Posts in the Department of Maryland. The Detachment of Maryland can boast of having squadrons in 86.5% of the Posts in the state, by far, the best percentage in the country.
The Detachment of Maryland has also proudly provided the National Organization with 6 National Commanders throughout the years.
To strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion- 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.
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.
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 association of our members and our forefathers in all 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 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.