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 and 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 Hass, 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. Pat Babcock, an SAL member from Michigan, created a Web Site with sample by-laws and instructions for forming new chapters. AmericanLegionRiders.net remains the primary source of information and assistance for new chapters. 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 fund raising 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 grass roots 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.
THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS, IS NOT AN MC AND DOES NOT PRACTICE MC RULES OR REGULATIONS!!!
THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS IS FAMILY - ORIENTED, JUST AS ITS PARENT ORGANIZTION: THE AMERICAN LEGION
The American Legion Riders Chapter for Mystic Island American Legion Post 493, was set in motion and created in March of 2014. We are a group of guys and gals with respect for one another and enjoy what we do with the same interests getting together for good a cause and for good times.
We enjoy helping with large or small events or projects when and where ever we can.
We come from all different military backgrounds; whether we are Legionnaire or Auxiliary or SAL. To assist and help our American Legion Post Family, Community Projects and Legion Functions.
The A. L. Riders have been able to help soldiers past and present who have fought and are still fighting for our FREEDOMS.
Our members participate in the NJ Mission of Honor to locate and find our fallen Brothers and Sisters abandoned and/or unclaimed Veterans Cremains throughout the State of New Jersey.
If you are a member of a post and would like to ride, come and see what we are all about and join our cause. If you just want to go for a ride with us every now and then, all are welcome to cruise with us stop by our post.
Our Spring and Fall Steak n' Stogie
Is always a great success includes, Grilled Shrimp, Mixed Baby Greens Salad, Seasoned Bake Potato, 1" Steak, refreshments, hand rolled cigars with music.
Steaks are prepared for the individual taste by our Executive Chefs Lake and Wayne at the grills... there is always a great time and tickets sell out quickly, so remember to buy your tickets early.
Keep an eye on our calendar for Date and Time for our next Steak & Stogie Event.
Fundraisers for this Year
This year’s Fundraisers will be the "Soldier's Wish" and "DAV"
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The Core Values of Soldier's Wish Organization
It is the mission of Soldier’s Wish to identify unmet needs of veterans of military service regardless of branch or rank and identify or provide resources to meet those needs by providing needed support directly to the veteran service members and/or their families in order that such service members can lead normal and productive lives. "Veterans" may be those who have served only a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. In addition, Soldier’s Wish will educate the public about the needs of the veteran’s and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.
In addition to being an important and honorable thing to do, supporting our nation’s veterans and service members’ hits close to home for nearly every American. Nearly all of us have friends, loved ones and family members who have served, or are currently serving in the various branches of our military.
When you talk with a returning “hero,” more often than not you will hear these words in the course of your conversation, “I’m not a hero. I was just doing my job. The real heroes are the men and women who came home in flag-draped coffins.” And while there is a powerful element of truth in that answer, there is also the hero who fought, who fueled the trucks and planes, who sent the radio signals which turned the tide of the battle, who picked up the wounded from the field of battle and flew them to lifesaving medical care, who performed life sustaining surgeries hour after hour adding one more name to the list of soldiers returning home, who flew countless missions in support of our men and women on the ground, who guarded our coastal waters keeping enemy ships away from landing.
And while the list of reasons to help is long, there is one reason that stands head and shoulders above the rest. You should help Soldier’s Wish fulfill the unmet needs of our American heroes because YOU BELIEVE….You believe it’s the right thing to do, it’s a personal act of gratitude to someone you may never meet, a person who can do nothing for you in return other than say Thank You!
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DAV Organizations Official Mission Statement
Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters.
Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.