The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual help, community oriented veterans organization.
Since its founding, the American Legion has grown steadily to nearly 3 million members in approximately 15,000 American
Legion Posts located worldwide.
The organization our founders created back in 1919 went on to dramatically change their lives, the lives of their fellow
veterans; and the lives of generations of veterans and other Americans yet unborn.
Today, our mission remains the same as when the American Legion was founded; to preserve, safeguard, and perpetuate the
great values and traditions passed on to us by our Legion Founders and our Forefathers.
Shown below is the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution which further defines our mission and values.
AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE:
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.