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
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

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American Legion Post 379 Bedford, Texas 76021
American Legion Post 379
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

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