The American Legion Riders
The American Legion Riders were first formed in 1993 in Garden City, Michigan. Since those first days, we have grown and expanded to over 40 Departments. The purpose of the American Legion Riders is to participate in parades and other ceremonies that are within the aims and goals of the American Legion; to promote motorcycle safety; to provide a social atmosphere for The American Legion Family member; and to use our program to support other motorcycle organizations, the community, and most of all our Veterans, Veterans homes and hospitals.
From Colorado, United States Senator Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell joined The American Legion Riders.
Today over 425 American Legion Riders programs, organized by chapters, districts, or departments, support Americanism and Children and Youth programs in virtually every state in the nation, and more are organizing each month. One of the fastest-growing and most highly visible of the many programs offered by The American Legion, The American Legion Riders are a very diverse group, and so are the programs that they support. What do American Legion Riders do? The activities are far too many to mention in this space, but here are a few examples:
American Legion Riders chapters and districts, nationally, have become some of the most generous donors for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, raising as much as $5,000 or more in a single event.
Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder".
Legion Riders sponsor or participate in local and national charity events in support of the sponsoring American Legion Post.
Legion Riders ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Battered Women and Children's Center, Varied Children and Youth programs, a School for Blind Children, Veterans Relief, Needy families and many, many others.
Legion Riders founded a national movement called “Patriot Guard” (www.patriotguard.org) that honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services.
Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community.
Legion Riders have also begun to teach motorcycle and driver safety in the community and in schools in cooperation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations.
Remember: American Legion Riders are a very dedicated group of Legion Family members. When your Post or district sponsors a new Riders organization, you create a win/win situation for your post, district, and Department!
On May 9, 2005 American Legion Riders Chapter 29 was charted with Patrick Jarrett as the director and Fred Manske as the assistan director. Charter members are Asl Ashburn, Robert Curren, Tom Henniger, Fred Manske, Randall Rogers, Sandra Shaar, Daryl Zimmerman, Bill Bingham, David Gilmore, Patrick Jarrett, Margeret Manska, Barbara Rogers, Glen Tharp. Robin Park was the first supporter. The chapter is alway busy raising funds to support of veterans in many ways.
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