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Some Early Sons Of The American Legion


The Sons of The American Legion (SAL or Sons) was formed in 1932 as an association inside The American Legion.  S.A.L. is made up of young boys and men of all ages whose fathers or grandfathers served in the United States military branches and qualify for membership within The American Legion.  If the qualifying member is alive, they must be an active member of the American Legion.  If they are not living, then the individual wishing to join must show proof of that person's qualifying duty of service.  A DD Form 214, Military burial papers, or some document verifying the father or grandfather’s duty of service during the designated times required to qualify.

Newport Harbor Post 291 consists of four entities, the Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, the Sons, and the Yacht Club and together we make up The Legion Family.  The Legion Family as a whole, places high values on preserving our American history, traditions, and beliefs, thus demonstrating our patriotism in giving back by improving the quality of life for our country’s children, extending a helping hand and finances in caring for veterans and their families, and demonstrating by imparting the fundamentals of good citizenship within the community.

The Sons have always been an integral part of the Legionnaires and the rest of the Family.  We participate financially and volunteer our time and service with the numerous Legion Family programs and fundraisers held throughout the year.  Our combined Family at Newport Harbor Post 291 boasts a combined total membership of approximately 6,500, with the Sons' membership at approximately 1,500.  The Sons typically contribute approximately $200,000 annually to local Veteran organizations and current Military families.

Just as every Legion post decides the degree of its administration to the local community, state, and country, so every S.A.L. squadron is allowed the adaptability in arranging projects, programs, and fundraisers to meet their own particular needs and budgets.

There are numerous numbers of men who are members of The American Legion as Legionnaires and as Sons, honoring their fathers and/or grandfathers.  Or oftentimes they started off in their youth as a Son while their father was in the service, then as they became old enough to join the military, they continued as a Son and also joined as a Legionnaire.  Those members are known as Dual Members or as “Dualies.”

The Sons of The American Legion is one of several patriotic associations that sponsors and supports the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition structured to secure the protection of our American flag through legislation and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The Sons volunteer time and finances to establish community awareness.  They also communicate the importance of respect for the flag and encourage flag education programs in schools and other local organizations. 


Join the Sons of the American Legion


 All male descendants adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who served on active duty at any time since 1941 as per legislation passed in 2018 by President Trump.  Newport Harbor Squadron is subject to a Post 291 rule that your qualifying Veteran MUST be a living member of Post 291.  We only consider exceptions to this rule for those living in the immediate area.  We do not accept transfers in an effort to support the growth of Squadrons in surrounding Posts.


If eligible through a LIVING VETERAN, Proof of Membership in The American Legion is REQUIRED (Copy of Legionnaire’s Card) If the Legionnaire is not a member of Post 291, Proof of Honorable Military Service is Required (DD214 or Equivalent).


Click on the membership/renewal form link below. Fill it out online using Acrobat Reader, then print it out.


Once printed you will need to sign and date the form, then enclose this information with your check in the amount of $160.00 Payable to S.A.L Squadron 291. Please do not send or remit cash. This fee includes Membership Initiation Fees and Facility Access Card (Except Juniors or Dual). Upon receipt of these items and review of eligibility, you will be invited to attend the next General Membership meeting, held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at The American Legion Post #291.

Click the appropriate tab below to Renew your
Annual SAL Membership
General Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.


American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291
215 15th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663


For more information please contact

(949) 673-5070 Ext. 105


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