On this page:
- Who we Are
- Copy of Chapter Charter
- Guidelines for motorcycle vest patch placement
Who We Are:
We are members of American Legion Post #177 who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. We can be found riding in parades, participating in motorcycling events, and supporting the communities in which we live, work, and play.
Members of the ALR come from the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The American Legion Riders were formed to...
- Participate in parades and other ceremonies that are in keeping with the Aims and Purposes of the American Legion.
- Promote motorcycle safety programs and to provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest.
- Use our Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion through service to our Community, State and Nation.
The American Legion Riders is not a motorcycle club (M/C), and does not practice M/C rules or regulations. The American Legion Riders is family-oriented, just as is its parent organization: The American Legion.
Brief History of the ALR:
In the fall of 1993 Chuck (Tramp) Dare shared a dream with the Commander at the American Legion Post 396 in Garden City, Michigan. The idea came about to start a motorcycle association that would operate within the American Legion. The idea was to provide an atmosphere whereas Post, Auxiliary and S.A.L. members, who shared an enthusiasm for motorcycles, could come together. It was meant to be a family oriented group.
They started with just a small group. Within a few months we grew to nineteen members. They designed an emblem for the American Legion Riders. This emblem, contained within its design, the emblem of the American Legion. This emblem is worn today by Legion Rider groups throughout the country and is available to it's members through and State chapters. In 1996 they had an article published about the American Legion Riders in the American Legion National publication of the "Dispatch". An article in the American Legion Magazine soon followed up this article. In about 1996 "Tramp" moved to Texas, where he did a great job of promoting the Legion Rider program there. Today, there are groups of American Legion Riders throughout the country.
The Post # 177 chapter of the American Legion Riders began its planning stages in late 2006. By February 2007 the chapter was formed with support from American Legion Post 177 and 22 Riders became charter members of the chapter. The chapter continues to grow by leaps and bounds. With each monthly meeting and event we see more and more members joining.
Who benefits from forming and joining an American Legion Riders Group?
We all do!!!! Just because one person wears a leather motorcycle jacket and another wears a golf shirt and slacks, we know that we can work together to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion. We have done it, and everyone involved was able to see the benefit. The American Legion Riders was never intended to be a "Motorcycle Club". As stated, it is to be able to work with the Local Post to assist in promoting the American Legion.
The program was designed to have people work together and enjoy themselves. It may be a group of Riders working on a fundraiser for a local charity, it may be just a warm summer evening ride together or maybe just sitting at the Post sharing stories. It's all about members working together and playing together - it is there for them to enjoy.
ALR MOTORCYCLE VEST PATCH PLACEMENT
The standardized and correct wear of patches on the motorcycle vest is as follows:
- The American Flag patch is worn on the front upper left. No other patches or pins go above this American Flag patch.
- The small ALR patch is to be worn on the front upper right of the vest. Our Post designation may also be placed around this patch.
- The Virginia State Patch is to be worn on the front lower right.
- The POW/MIA patch is to be worn on the front lower left.
- The large round "American Legion Riders" patch is on the back, with our designation of "Northern Virginia" above the large round patch.
- Supporters of the ALR need to be identified by the wear of a small rocker patch below the small ALR patch on the front upper right of the vest with the words "SUPPORTER". (A supporter is that person who is a member of the American Legion Riders who does not own or ride a motorcycle. He/She must still abide by all the other requirements for membership in the American Legion and the ALR.)