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American Legion Riders

Our very active chapter of American Legion Riders was formed in 2007 and has since been one of our most active and successful programs.

Objectives and Purposes

  • To promote the principles and policies as set forth in the Preamble and the National and Department Constitution of the American Legion.

  • To use our association to promote and support programs of the American Legion.

  • To participate in activities in order to provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest.

  • To promote motorcycle safety programs.


Membership is open to any member of our American Legion Family (Legionnaires, Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary). They must own and be legally licensed to ride a freeway legal motorcycle with a minimum engine size of 500cc.

This past year, our American Legion Riders have participated in over 250 missions. These include motorcycle escorts and flag lines for funerals of veterans, escorts for Missing in America Missions, flag lines for welcoming home deployed servicemen and women. Also monthly Heroes On The Homefront events at the Northport VA Medical Center, visiting homebound veterans, distribution of Turkeys and Fixins’ to needy veterans at Thanksgiving. And more.


Memorial Day weekend our ALR participated in Operation Rolling Thunder in Washington DC. In August they participated in the America’s 911 Ride from the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to the Pentagon in Washington DC and finally to Ground Zero at the site of The World Trade Center.


Somehow they also they also manage to be active in every Post event from parades to the distribution of Poppies.


National American Legion Riders

Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities.

True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born. The Riders are part of many projects and events, including:

  • Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in Washington on Memorial Day weekend.

  • Annual regional rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California and other Western states.

  • Local charity events in support of The American Legion and local communities.

  • Raising money for VA hospitals, women and children centers, children and youth centers, schools and other facilities.

  • Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle runs to benefit numerous charities.

  • Local memorial ceremonies and community parades.

  • The American Legion Legacy Run, an annual cross-country fundraising ride from National Headquarters in Indianapolis to the national convention city.

  • Riding to honor fallen military men and women, and to protect the sanctity of their funerals from those who would dishonor their memory.

  • Escorting military units to departure airfields and airports for combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return

American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veteran’s homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001

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