Hi, I’m Charles Longley AKA “Ash”, President of Chapter 14.
The mission of the American Legion Riders and Post 14 is to support, honor, and respect the men and women of America’s Armed Forces and their families, honor the memory of those killed in action, and assure that no Veteran is forgotten. To this end local businesses, many owned by Veterans, are active supporters of Chapter 14 without whose support the chapter’s events and projects would not be successful.
The ALR provides a social atmosphere in which the American Legion family of members can share an interest in riding, promote motorcycle safety, provide enjoyment through programs and activities that are in keeping with the mission of the American Legion, and support the programs, events, charities, parades, and other ceremonies of the the American Legion.
ALR chapters are often well known for their charitable work, which has raised millions of dollars for countless local, state, and national charities including local children’s hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded servicemembers, and scholarship funds.
Since 2006, riders nationwide have participated in the Legion’s 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. Donations for this single event in 2014, exceeded $1,000,000.
Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every state 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, and conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services.
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:
· Annual regional rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California and other Western states.
· Local charity events in support of The American Legion and local communities.
· Raising money for VA hospitals, women and children centers, children and youth centers, schools and other facilities.
· Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle runs to benefit numerous charities.
· Local memorial ceremonies and community parades.
· The American Legion Legacy Run, an annual cross-country fundraising ride from National Headquarters in Indianapolis to the 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.
· Escorting military units to departure airfields and airports for combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return.
If you are a Veteran and ride, learn more by visiting “Contact Us” for membership eligibility information and how to get in contact with our chapter. We look forward to hearing from you!
The ALR is not a motorcycle club. It is an association of riders that are members of the American Legion and chartered by it. The ALR claims no geographic territory nor does it support or oppose other traditional motorcycle clubs.