It’s a momentous week in the history of the Sons of The American Legion, as the program celebrates its 90th anniversary.
During the American Legion National Convention in Portland, Ore., the week of Sept. 12-15, 1932, the Sons of The American Legion was authorized, following three years of study by national committees.
The idea of a junior American Legion organization had actually been suggested by the Department of Kansas in 1921. Although there was no official national program, by the late 1920s American Legion posts around the country had started to create their own junior organizations. Those included Legion-Heirs, Junior Legion, Sons of American Legionnaires, Sons of The American Legion, and Sons of World War Veterans.
The American Legion created a committee at the 1930 national convention to study the feasibility of a junior Legion, and the organization was approved in 1932. Bruce P. Robinson Squadron 133 in Indianapolis is credited as the first local Sons of The American Legion squadron, established in June 1933.
Over the course of the next year, we’ll be sharing highlights of the SAL’s first 90 years. And we want to know what your detachments and squadrons are planning to recognize the SAL’s 90th anniversary. Share your stories on Legiontown.