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 Centers, 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 co-operation with ABATE, The MN Motorcycle Safety Center, and other national motorcycling organizations.
- The Minnesota American Legion Riders have started a statewide MN ALR Legacy run to raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Last year they raised over $200,000 for the scholarship. What will they do this year? Follow them on the web or on Facebook. The 2019 run will begin Aug 2nd with a kick-off party at the Forrest Lake MN American Legion, with kickstands up the following day, ending the first weekend on Sunday, Aug 5th. The second weekend starts Friday, Aug 10th, and ends on Sunday, August 12th, at the Anoka American Legion.
For more information on an American Legion Rider Chapter in the area, please review the state website listing at MNALR.org
Click on http://www.legion.org for additional details from the national organization.
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