Serving America's Veterans Every Day

Mission Statement

The Post 44 S.A.L. mission statement is summarized in its informal motto: “supporting our post, our community and most of all ---the veteran”

History of the Sons of The American Legion

The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion. Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Legion Riders and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All these organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 4.2 million members. This year, Sons attained an all time high national membership of over 325,000. The largest Detachment, Pennsylvania, has over 38,000 members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest membership and the largest increase in membership. Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state and nation, each S.A.L. squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs.
Sons focus on much more than just membership. At all levels, Sons support The American Legion in promoting a wide variety of programs. Sons assist their posts in other activities such as Veterans programs, Veterans Administration home and hospital volunteerism, Children Youth projects and fundraising. In just the past 10 years, Sons have raised more than $1 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members volunteer many hours in various programs.
History of Sons of The American Legion Post #44
The Post #44 Sons of the American Legion Chapter was chartered in 2001. Founding charter members were: Commander: Richard Sienz -- First Vice-Commander: William Nenno -- Finance Officer: Ron Greaves

As with all Sons of the American Legion, the main purpose of the Post 44 S.A.L. is to support the American Legion. While the Post 44 S.A.L. unit is one of the smaller units of the Post 44 American Legion Family, with a membership generally ranging from 60 to 80 members, they nonetheless keep an active profile. S.A.L. members are always ready to help in all ceremonies that celebrate the veteran. Whether it is posting the colors in the numerous local community celebrations, or in more traditional national veteran celebrations, the Post 44 S.A.L. is always ready to do its share.
In its 11 years of existence the S.A.L. unit has volunteered for thousands of hours of service and donated over $20,000. On a daily basis the S.A.L. unit tries to exemplify its informal motto and pledge to “support our post, our community and most of all ---the veteran”

Memorial Day at the new cemetery

meeting information

Monthly meetings are held at Post 44 on the Third Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron Officer’s 2012-2013

  • Squadron Commander:
    Gene Hill
    PO Box 1438
    Elephant Butte NM 87935

  • First Vice Commander:
    Deone Hardy
    1400m E. 6th Street T or C NM 87901

  • Adjutant:
    Donny Polston
    PO Box 3582 T or C NM 87901

  • Finance officer:
    William "Bill" Nenno
    PO Box 1765 Elephant Butte NM 87935

  • Sergeant-At-Arms:
    Tillman Smith
    PO Box 203 Elephant Butte NM 87935

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