The 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 100-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 good will 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.”
Written in May of 1919, The American Legion Preamble to the Constitution represents the core values of every member. More importantly, these ideals memorialized in 10 clauses leaves us with a strong sense of duty to uphold and live by these ideals in our community. American Legion Post 346 is no exception- we strive to live by these words with every fundraiser and community activity we hold, and hope to instill in friends and family our dedication to the spirit of the American Legion.
The American Legion National Headquarters has an excellent interpretation of The Preamble to the Constitution, which explains the meaning behind each clause. A link to the document can be found by clicking here.