About The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans
organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization,
committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism
and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism.
The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing
on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion currently has about 2.6 million
members in 14,000 posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
The American Legion
Preamble to the Constitution
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
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 one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations 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 the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.