Who We Are

The Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of California 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.  Americanism is a strong emphasis with the organization, with a color guard, who often present the colors at meetings, funerals and special events.  California Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 100,000 members. 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 the foundation of the Legion.

Sons in California focus on much more than just membership. At all levels,  The 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 $5.8 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members have volunteered over 1 million hours to date in 2013 in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $2,000,000 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.

Some of the volunteer hours given is by refurbishing veteran’s graveside headstones and monuments. Others give back with various community services

It’s not all work and no play, as the Sons know how to cut loose and have fun as well. Promoting various events they are able to incorporate fun and fundraising into a single event. A favorite tagline often used is, “Party with a Purpose and put Fun back into Fundraising.” There is no lack of ideas they come up with, from golf tournaments to fishing expeditions; from “share-a-dish picnics & BBQs to Beach Bashes; from attending Baseball & Football games to showing up at the race track (horses, autos and boats); from barnyard Ho-downs to formal black tie dinners and the list goes on and on all the way to joining the American Legion Riders and participating in their various fundraising activities like Poker Runs, Legacy Runs, and Biker Runs & Rallies while wearing your colors.

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. Such individuals are known within our organization as dual members. The Sons of The American Legion is one of many organizations that sponsors and supports the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition formed to secure flag protection legislation through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. S.A.L. volunteers work to establish local networks by having petitions available and handing out informational material. They alert their communities to the importance of respect for the flag and they encourage flag education programs in schools and other local organizations.

This year’s National Commander’s Campaign is placing 1 million flags on the graves of veterans. The Detachment of California has committed to placing 100,000 flags before our next national convention in August.

The Sons of the American Legion comes in all shapes, sizes and ages, so we invite you to join our family

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