About the Legion Riders

About the Legion Riders

The American Legion Riders started in the fall of 1993 in Garden City Michigan. The original chapter at Post 396 consisted of Chuck Dare, Bill Kaledas and 19 other founding members. The rest is history.  

Today there are now nearly 600 Legion Rider programs, organized by chapters, districts, or departments, that support Americanism and Children and Youth programs in virtually every state in the nation and several overseas chapters.  

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, 11and 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: 

  • Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder". 

  • They participate in the annual rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior and many other national, regional, and local events.            

  • Legion Riders sponsor and or participate in charity events across the country.   They ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA hospitals, Battered Women and Children's centers, Veterans Relief, youth centers, schools, and 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. 

     Dennis Mallon, Director     Jay Kummerfeldt, Asst. Director

   Joe Sandall, Sgt. of Arms  Donna Sandall, Secretary

   Randy Massey, Chaplain      Jim Altus, Road Chaplain

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