S.A.L. Provides Support
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.
In doing our Marysville S.A.L., Legion, Auxiliary, 40/8, and other veteran organizations participate often
as one providing monetary donations, food assistance, and many other joint activities through the year.
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. It is the goal of Squadron 449 to implement
Sons focus on much more than just membership. 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
community fundraising. In just the past ten years, Sons have raised more than a million dollars for
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members have volunteered over 177,250 hours
(2006) in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $3,147,033 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.
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.
Marysville S.A.L. Squadron 449 also participates in the annual Legion Auxiliary Poppy Distribution each
year. This important American Veteran support endeavor is just one more example of The American
Legion Family of Post 449, Marysville, Michigan.