Preamble to the S.A.L. National Constitution

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 associations of our members and our forefathers
    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 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.