The American Legion Post 175
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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.
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 and other national motorcycling organizations.
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For more candid photographs and other developments, visit The American Legion Riders (ALR) of Post 175 on Facebook.
Bill and Sandra McKee completed their 4 Corners of the USA Ride, logging more than 11,800 miles. On 18 May they started at their home in Williamsburg travelling to Key West, north and west to Galveston to visit with Tyler for several days, Fort Bliss, Arizona to San Diego, CA. Ignoring US highways they travelled north through California, the Redwoods, Oregon and Washington to the Border with Canada. East bound they travelled the northern States turning south at Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At Toledo they turned east to the eastern seaboard back to home in Virginia, arriving 8 July. They rode with their American Legion vests and the Mechanicsville Post 175 patch.
23-26 June the Virginia Legacy Run was conducted on the Virginia Eastern Shore, with more than 340 riders and motorcycles. Seven ALR Post 175 members enjoyed the sun, rain and hail. The Run garnered more than $107,000 (still counting) in donations for the National Legacy Scholarship Fund. Several ALR Post 175 Riders will make the “Presentation Run” of the funds along with other VA ALR Chapter members on 24 Aug from Danville, VA to Concord, NC. Funds will be presented to the American Legion National Commander .
The National Legacy Run will be conducted 19-24 Aug, From Kokimo, IN, Garden City, MI, Dayton, OH, Milton, WV, Bristol, TN, to Concord, NC and the annual American Legion Convention in Charlotte, NC.
It is expected that this year’s donation will exceed the Scholarship Fund goal of $15 Million and become self sustaining. Next year’s Legacy Ride funds will be obligated to the American Legion Children and Veterans Fund. Bob Marsland, Bill McKee and Tom Esker have registered for this 1,250 mile five day ride.
And on Thursday, 27 Jul six ALR Post 175 Riders visited Covenant Woods to participate in their HOG Wild Party. We engaged residents, had great conversations, told stories and lies, and contributed a little bit of noise and festivity to the party.
And most importantly, we wish to extend our gratitude to the Post 175 Legion Family for their generous donations to the Virginia Legacy Ride, for the Patriotic Eagle Biker Quilt ($1,010), Auxiliary Unit 175 ($500) and we, Riders ($800), AND for the numerous 50/50 and 4 Gun raffle ticket donations.
Covenant Woods: Festivities Sing Along, Tattoos, Refreshments and Snacks
Covenant Woods: HOG Wild Party
Covenant Woods: Escaping - Short Ride
Covenant Woods: Shiny Motorcycles
Covenant Woods: Six Riders
(L to R: Tom Bynum, Bob Marsland, Bill McKee, Tom Esker, Jim Oliver, Art Aumock)