Earle B. Stewart Post 16 would like to help form a Legion Riders group here in Roseburg. The Riders are a Post program and are part of the Legion family.
Presently in Roseburg there is only a Patriot Guard Riders which is a separate organization and is not affiliated with the American Legion. However, the purposes of both organizations are quite similar and we welcome any qualified Patriot Guard Rider to join the Legion Riders. If you want information on the local PGR contact : Sparky/Terry Moony at: [email protected],
Follows is information on the Riders which has been taken from the National website.
Legion Riders Breakfast at the Post Saturday August 22
About the RidersHistory
Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, sharing their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, and how to gain Membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "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.
- 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
- Members must hold membership in and be in good standing with
- Members must be legally registered motorcycle owners or be the
legally registered owner's spouse within the state of registration.
- All operators must be properly licensed and insured per state laws.
- All members must obey motor-vehicle laws in the state in which they
are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.
Legion Riders Resolution No. 35
American Legion Riders as a National Program NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF
- All members of The American Legion Riders shall be current members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion
- Each ALR member shall own a motorcycle
- Each ALR member shall be properly licensed and insured as required by state law
- All ALR members shall strive to maintain the image of The American Legion, at all times upholding The American Legion name and emblem, which symbolizes the integrity and principles of this great organization.
- All The ALR groups shall avoid the perception of being a “motorcycle club” or biker club”.
- The only recognized The American Legion Rider logo is that which is copyrighted and sold through The American Legion National Emblem sales.
- All Members will obey the motorcycle laws of their state.
- No use of rockers with the ALR patch because touching the patch violates trademark laws of the ALR patch.
- Sponsoring organization (Post and Department) will review liability insurance coverage to ensure that adequate coverage is available to cover the organization to include coverage for any specific special riding events; and, be it furtherRESOLVED, That American Legion Rider groups shall abide by The American Legion Constitution and By-laws as well as the established Post and Department directives; and, be it finally RESOLVED, That The American Legion National Headquarters and the respective Departments shall maintain general oversight of ALR Program as regards to proper use of the name and emblem of The American Legion, ALR and The American Legion Legacy Run, and compliance with the National Constitution and By-Laws of The American Legion.