We are a courageous group of Veterans, Sons, and Auxiliary that assemble together in harmony to promote and protect American values while serving our community and preserving our Constitution. We ride fast and hard to accomplish our goals, but slow down to guide and honor those that have departed ranks. We proudly hold our flag high for the world to see and protect her with all diligence.Today across America many thousands of American Legion Riders get on their bikes to ride for Americanism and Youth programs in virtually every state in the nation, and more are organizing each month. One of the fastest-growing and most highly visible of the many programs offered by The American Legion, The American Legion Riders are a very diverse group, and so are the programs that they support. Remember: American Legion Riders are a very dedicated group of Legion Family members. When your Post or district sponsors a new Riders organization, you create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and growth for your post, district, and Department!
American Legion Riders Post 121, Waco, Texas
Started November 22, 2003, with just seven Officers, working out of a small room. We are a nonprofit organization 501(c) (19). All these years later, we have over 35 members and growing, but our passion is helping veterans and there families in the community. Our dedication remains strong. Working with us, you will find we still stay true to our roots as in veterans still serving, helping new veterans coming home from serving our country.
We also do fundraiser's and accept donations year round!
MORE THAN JUST A RIDE.
As part of the American Legion family we continue to serve America.
We ride for veterans and their families. We ride for our POW/MIAs, our children and our flag. We ride for our freedom. With us, it's more than just the ride, it's the destination.
Contact The American Legion and Ride with us today !
How it All Began
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. 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.
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 area 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.
We Offer Hall and Pavilion Rentals at Our Facility
772 Leroy Parkway(FM 308)
Elm Mott, TX (Formerly Linden Hall)
We also sponsor dances and live music regularly which are open to the public with plenty of drink specials. Proceeds will help our Veterans and other charities in our community.
To Contact us go to the Contact Page or call 254-822-1218
For information call 254-822-1218
Join us at American Legion Riders Post 121 Waco, TX. We are currently accepting new members! Contact us for details and join today.
If you need help with any of your veteran related problems Bill Mahon, Robert Carter and their associates are there to help. They have an office that is set to help on any paper work or information you may require. Visit or call and make an appointment.
ONE STOP VETERANS CENTER
2220 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX 76701
254-297-7171 Ext 4104