American Legion Post 379 Bedford, Texas
American Legion Post 379, Bedford, Texas 76021
The Purpose of The American Legion is to provide Service to our Veterans, their Families and to their Community

Legion Riders

1245 Industrial Blvd.,  Bedford, TX 76021 (817) 267-6047
About the Legion Riders
American Legion Riders chapters are 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.
History
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.
Legion Riders today
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:
Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in Washington on Memorial Day
weekend.
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.
"American Legion Riders as a National Program"
FROM RESOLUTION 35 AS VOTED ON BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON OCTOBER 17-18, 2007 AND
AMENDED BY RESOLUTION 32 BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON MAY 4-5, 2011
All American Legion Rider groups must be a program supported by a Post
or Department of The American Legion and shall uphold the declared
principles of The American Legion as well as conform to and abide by the
regulations and decisions of the Department, Post or other duly constituted
Department governing body.
The following guidelines are recommended for The ALR program of The
American Legion: 1. All members of The American Legion Riders shall be current members
of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The
American Legion 2. Each ALR member shall establish and maintain membership by
owning, individually or through marriage, a motorcycle licensed and
insured as required by state law 3. ALR programs may allow for continued membership for those
members who have given up motorcycle ownership because of age,
illness, injury, or other reasons outside the member's control 4. All ALR members shall strive to maintain the image of The American
Legion, at all times upholding The American Legion name and emblem,
which symbolizes the integrity and principles of this great organization 5. All The ALR groups shall avoid the perception of being a "motorcycle
club" or biker club" 6. The only recognized The American Legion Rider logo is that which is
copyrighted and sold through The American Legion National Emblem
sales 7. All Members will obey the motorcycle laws of their state 8. No use of rockers with the ALR patch because touching the patch
violates trademark laws of the ALR patch 9. Sponsoring organization (Post and Department) will review liability
insurance coverage to ensure that adequate coverage is available to
cover the organization to include coverage for any specific special riding
events.
American Legion Rider groups shall abide by The American Legion
Constitution and By-laws as well as the established Post and Department
directives.
The American Legion National Headquarters and the respective
Departments shall maintain general oversight of ALR Program as regards
to proper use of the name and emblem of The American Legion, ALR and
The American Legion Legacy Run, and compliance with the National
Constitution and By-Laws of The American Legion. Bold fields indicate what was amended by Resolution 32, May 4-5, 2011
American Legion Post 379 Bedford, Texas 76021
American Legion Post 379

Legion Riders

The Purpose of The American Legion is to provide Service to our Veterans, their Families and to their Community
1245 Industrial Blvd.,  Bedford, TX 76021 (817) 267-6047
About the Legion Riders
American Legion Riders chapters are 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.
History
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.
Legion Riders today
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:
Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in
Washington on Memorial Day weekend.
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.
"American Legion Riders as a National
Program"
FROM RESOLUTION 35 AS VOTED ON BY THE
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE
AMERICAN LEGION ON OCTOBER 17-18, 2007 AND
AMENDED BY RESOLUTION 32 BY THE NATIONAL
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN
LEGION ON MAY 4-5, 2011
All American Legion Rider groups must be a
program supported by a Post or Department of The
American Legion and shall uphold the declared
principles of The American Legion as well as
conform to and abide by the regulations and
decisions of the Department, Post or other duly
constituted Department governing body.
The following guidelines are recommended for The
ALR program of The American Legion: 1. All members of The American Legion Riders
shall be current members of The American
Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The
American Legion 2. Each ALR member shall establish and
maintain membership by owning, individually or
through marriage, a motorcycle licensed and
insured as required by state law 3. ALR programs may allow for continued
membership for those members who have given
up motorcycle ownership because of age, illness,
injury, or other reasons outside the member's
control 4. All ALR members shall strive to maintain the
image of The American Legion, at all times
upholding The American Legion name and
emblem, which symbolizes the integrity and
principles of this great organization 5. All The ALR groups shall avoid the perception
of being a "motorcycle club" or biker club" 6. The only recognized The American Legion
Rider logo is that which is copyrighted and sold
through The American Legion National Emblem
sales 7. All Members will obey the motorcycle laws of
their state 8. No use of rockers with the ALR patch because
touching the patch violates trademark laws of the
ALR patch 9. Sponsoring organization (Post and
Department) will review liability insurance
coverage to ensure that adequate coverage is
available to cover the organization to include
coverage for any specific special riding events.
American Legion Rider groups shall abide by The
American Legion Constitution and By-laws as well
as the established Post and Department directives.
The American Legion National Headquarters and
the respective Departments shall maintain general
oversight of ALR Program as regards to proper use
of the name and emblem of The American Legion,
ALR and The American Legion Legacy Run, and
compliance with the National Constitution and By-
Laws of The American Legion.
Bold fields indicate what was amended by Resolution 32, May 4-5, 2011