The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities.
The American Legion advocates patriotism and honor, strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. We strive to serve the needs of Veterans of all wars, their widows, and dependent children.
Preamble of the American Legion Constitution
The American Legion adopted what is called The Preamble of the American Legion Constitution during its 1919 Convention in Saint Louis. The preamble reads as follows:
“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 100 Percent Americanism;
- to preserve the memories and incidents of our association 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 good will on earth;
- to safeguard and transmit to prosperity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy;
- to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by devotion to mutual helpfulness.”
The Legion is active in developing and promoting legislative activities that establish or protect the rights of Veterans. As stated in our Preamble, we are dedicated to upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America and promoting a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation. We consider it our responsibility to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principle of justice, freedom and democracy.