The American Legion Riders
Commander - Bail Spear
When our country is harmed, there are those that respond.
With honor and duty they're sent.
In war and in peace, with strength and resolve,
It's the blood of the soldier that's spent.
We fight and some die, on those foreign lands.
With freedom and God at our side
And when our service is done, we need to keep on,
So we join the Legion that rides.
The souls of the fallen and breath of the living,
Bestow God's blessings on this country's side.
So with the flags held aloft, and the sounds of thunder,
We join the Legion that rides
When our day is past, and our duty is done
God's angels will ask, "Have you been a provider?"
"What have you done for your country and man?"
I will answer with pride, "I am an American Legion Rider!"
The American Legion Riders
Chapter 16 Officers
Director Bail "Money" Spear
Assistant Director Kevin Cap'n Kev" Porterfield
Secretary Bernice "Bittsy" Campbell
Treasure Vickie "Shades" Van Buren
Sgt-at-Arms Kurt "Papa Bear" Morauer
Chaplain Ed "4eyes" Van Buren
Historian Betsy "Slick" Gabbard
Membership Paul "Einstein" Salg
Road Captain Steven "Buckshot" Gabbard
Asst Road Captain Richard "Big Sarge" Pegler
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 participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder".
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 Center, 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 cooperation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations.
Remember: American Legion Riders are a very dedicated group of Legion Family members. When your Post or district sponsors a new Riders organization, you create a win/win situation for your post, district, and Department!
Click on http://www.legion.org for online details or contact Post 16 at (352) 372-8802 or ask a Rider!
You'll be glad you did!
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