By Ethan Nahté
American Legion Post 18, based in Mena, Arkansas, announced that the American Legion Riders (ALR) will be starting a new charter. The ALR is formed to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion as a family-oriented motorcycling activity for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of the American Legion.
Members of the ALR avoid any perception of being a motorcycle or “biker” club or gang. Rather, the focus of membership is for the enjoyment of motorcycles and comradeship, and furthering Legion programs in the community.
To become an ALR member, you must be a veteran who was honorably discharged. The organization is for veterans and their families, as well as The Sons of the American Legion. The membership fee will be announced during the new charter announcement.
The ALR seeks to improve the public’s perception of the motorcycling community by promoting the honorable nature of service to one’s community, state and nation through the sport of motorcycling.
The organization does a lot of fundraising rides such as poker runs, the Talimena Run Rally, and other motorcycle rallies. They raise funds for community purposes, especially those supporting veterans.
If you are a veteran who owns a motorcycle, and would be interested, call commander Bill Lawson at 479-437-4102.
Better yet, come out to the American Legion monthly meeting, 3253 Highway 71 North, August 9 at 6 p.m. They will be having a free fried chicken dinner with all the fixings. Following will be the presentation of the new charter by commander Patrick Phillips and other ALR representatives from Little Rock, Mount Ida and Hot Springs.
You can also find more at Legion.org/riders.