The Riders supported the County Picnic, held at our Post on September 17th.
New Jersey Run for the Fallen Sept 26 – 29 2019 Cape May to NJ Gold Star Family Monument, Holmdel
The Post 294 Legion Riders participated in Rock N Rolling to Zero, a Veteran Suicide Awareness event held at Mystic Island Post 493
Representing Eden-Stanley Post 294 on the road!
Ocean City & Williamsport
The Riders placed 3rd for Riders Groups in the American Legion Parade in Wildwood.
On July 16, 2019, the Riders escorted a US Army Veteran who served in Korea and Viet Nam from Mt. Holly to his final resting place in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Cemetery. Riders from Mystic Island Post 493 joined us.
On August 31, the Riders participated in a Flag Retirement Ceremony at VFW Post 6805.
Riders raising funds at the Cranberry Festival to support Veterans Causes.
Donation to Seaside Heights Post 351 to help rebuild their kitchen from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Post 294 Legion Riders at Highpoint, New Jersey 2019
Post 294 Legion Riders Escort Boys Sate 2019
Mission of Honor
ALR Vice President Chester Chubbuck with Mission of Honor Founder Fran Carrasco and American Legion Department Commander Raymond Miller at the Mission of Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony on December 6, 2018.
Riders – Oldies Dance 2019!
Riders prepping for the Oldies Dance
Frank & Bev Riders President & Secretary
Karen, Queen of the Decorating Committee!
Kevin & Laurie – Always Ready to Serve!
Karen, Kelly, & Robin – Service With a Smile!
Riders Spring Fling Poker Run 5/19/19
About the Riders
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, veterans 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.
In Garden City, Mich., in 1993, Chuck “Tramp” Dare and Bill “Polka” Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles.
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.”
Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family.
Legion Riders today
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.