CONECUH RIVER DEPOT MILITARY MUSEUM
American Legion Riders chapters are often well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded servicemembers 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. Pat Babcock, an SAL member from Michigan, created a Web site with sample by-laws and instructions for forming new chapters. AmericanLegionRiders.net remains the primary source of information and assistance for new chapters.
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:
I ride with the American Legion Riders.
and the Patriot Guard Riders
Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect,
please join us.
We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited
guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any
protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.
First Division (Alabama) at Ft. McClellan, Alabama
On March 4, 2006, members of the First Division (Alabama) Living History Association, a World War II reenactment unit, portrayed the opposing force against an Alabama National Guard infantry unit training for deployment to Iraq. We had our M-1 Garands, M-1 carbines, and an M1919A1 machine gun. The national guard loaned us a Humvee vehicle, and an M-60. All of us had previously served in the military, and we spent the day posing as the "bad guys" Although we were much older than those young soldiers, we "old guys" did okay. Hopefully, the young soldiers learned something from the interaction that can benefit them in actual combat. As we drove off, they were marchingdowntheroad with full packs......
For us, it was "Miller time."
March 4, 2006
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I'm also a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA), and the Dixie Division Military Vehicles Club. Below is my 1971 M151A2 that I restored in 2005. I've used it for living history, parades, memorial services, military vehicle shows, and as a museum display.
We were all young and skinny.....once.
Below photo taken during basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC in 1962
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