SAL OFFICERS (2018)
- 2nd Vice Commander: Robert Derheim
Post 233 - Elk Grove
Sons of the American Legion
All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such
male descendants of veterans who died in Service during World I, World War II, the Korean War,
the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War and the War on Terrorism,
during the delimiting 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, shall be
eligible for Membership in the Sons of The American Legion.
There shall be no forms or class of membership except an active membership.
The Sons of The American Legion 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.
Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a
combined total membership of nearly 4.2 million members. This year, Sons attained an all time
high national membership of over 358,000. The largest Detachment, Pennsylvania, has over
59,000 members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest
membership and the largest increase in membership. 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 legionism.
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
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members have volunteered over 1.3 million hours to
date in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $2,500,000 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.
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.
DATE: Saturday, January 26th, 2019
TIME: 9am - 11am
LOCATION: Lindale Greens Mobile Home Park, 7611 Elsie AVE,
DESCRIPTION: This is a Legion Class on Americanism. These programs
of the Sons of the American Legion are for all Legionnaires and goest to
the root of instilling true Americanism in those individuals who complete the
programs. In the 5-Star Program, the Five Stars that are addressed
demonstrate knowledge of:
- Patriotism - History of the flag, proper display, and proper respect to
- Citizenship - Participation in community events and having a working
knowledge of the qualities of a good citizen
- Discipline - Respect for rules and obedience to them
- Leadership - Principle requirement of leadership
- Legionism - Thoroughly understands the ritualistic work and the
program of activities for the SAL
The Sons of the American Legion, Ellk Grove Post #233, has proudly established the Gary
Grunwald Memorial Scholarship to honor the spirit of dedication and patriotism that was brightly
demonstrated in Mr. Grunwald's life and continues to shine forward through his family. As a tribute
to his commitment and character, the Sons of the American Legion Post #233 are proud to
continue his legacy through this academic scholarship, designed to provide financial support to a
eligible post-secondary student in the 2019/20 academic year.
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION AND INFORMATION.