The activities of The Legion Riders are limited only by the imagination of the members of the local Riders organizations, and many chapters have independently raised thousands of dollars for local children’s hospitals, schools, veterans’ homes, severely wounded servicemen and women, and American Legion scholarship programs. Since 2006, Riders have united nationally for The American Legion Legacy Run to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, established for the children of those who given their lives on active duty defending our freedoms around the world.
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Where we Are Today
Today the American Legion Riders have grown to nearly 800 Legion Rider programs in virtually every Department and in several overseas areas. As the membership of the American Legion Riders is a very diverse group, so are the programs that they are involved in.
Each American Legion Rider Chapter manages its programs at the post level, where all of the best ideas are born in the best American Legion “grass-roots” tradition. Here are only a few examples of the programs and projects of The Riders:
- Participation in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as “Rolling Thunder”.
- Participation in annual regional rides such as “Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California, and several other western states.
- Sponsoring or participating in local charity events in support of The American Legion or of the community.
- Raising money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Women and Children’s Centers, Children and youth centers, schools, and many others.
- Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle “Runs” to benefit numerous charities, including charities for underprivileged children and medical research, just to name a few.
- Participation in local memorial ceremonies and community parades.
- Annual participation in The American Legacy Run, a fundraising cross-country run from The American Legion’s national headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the year’s 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.
- Riding escort for military units enroute to departure airfields and airports to combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return.
- Raised literally millions of dollars for countless local, state, and national charities.
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