The American Legion Riders is an official program of The American Legion and is a program of the sponsoring local Legion Post. ALR groups must conform to and abide by the American Legion Constitution and Bylaws and the regulations, decisions and directives of the sponsoring Post.
About the Riders: American Legion Riders chapters are known for their charitable work, which has raised millions 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 raising over 1 million dollars for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
ALR program guidelines:
- Members must hold membership in and be in good standing with The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion. A Rider member is first and foremost a member of the American Legion Family.
- Members must be legally registered motorcycle owners or be the legally registered owner’s spouse within the state of registration.
- ALR members shall at all times maintain and respect the image of The American Legion upholding The American Legion name and emblem, which symbolizes the integrity and principles of the organization.
- ALR groups shall strictly 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
Legion Riders today
Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters throughout the U.S. The American Legion Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters.
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.
- 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.