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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. They participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder". Our 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. They have founded a national movement called “Patriot Guard” (www.patriotguard.org) which honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services. The Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community. The Legion Riders have also begun to teach motorcycle and driver safety in the community and in schools in co-operation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations. Remember: American Legion Riders are a very dedicated group of Legion Family members. We have three Legion Rider chapters in Monroe County. Please contact Post 1830 in Chili or Greece Post 486 for more information on the west side. Please contact Webster Post 942 on the east side for more information or click on http://www.legion.org/riders for online details.
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