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Somerville, NJ

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS AT POST 12


American legion Riders Post 12 was formed in the fall of 2012.  As members of The American Legion Family, we are group of motorcyclists along with two non-motorcyclists (honorary members) who are dedicated in supporting our Armed Forces, POW/MIA issues, and caring for those that have served.  

 

Monthly we sponsor a “Bingo” night with refreshments for our heroes residing in the nursing home section of the Lyons VA Hospital.   In addition, we sponsor special “Music” and “Holiday” parties for our heroes at the VA Hospital as well.  This spring (2013), our women riders (Legion Angels) will began monthly visits to minister to our women veterans suffering from PTSD at the “Women’s Combat Center” at the Lyons VA. 

 

We also participate in local parades, street fairs, and motorcycle open houses.  This past March our Riders had the honor of leading the Somerville St. Patrick's Day parade with Post 12's Honor Guard.  In all public events we strive to educate the public, and raise awareness for POW/MIA issues, especially the plight of POW Sgt Bowe Bergdahl held in captivity in Afghanistan since June 30th 2009.   

 

Recently, we have formed a New Jersey Pony Express Chapter to assist in collecting contributions for the NJ Vietnam Memorial in Holmdel.  Our Pony Express Messengers will deliver these contributions in NJ's Annual ALR Ride to The Memorial in October. 

And of course, we are a group that enjoys riding together and participating in charity runs.  If you would like more information about becoming an American Legion Rider and or a Pony Express Messenger, please contact our Director Jon Asdourian at [email protected]

 

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS 

 

Preamble

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:  To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


Purpose

The American Legion Riders 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.


            AMERICAN LEGION PONY EXPRESS MESSENGER

 

The Pony Express was resurrected to provide a means by which thousands of people could participate in the support of the American Legion and its programs for veterans and their families. The Pony Express is simply a network, established and maintained to support The American Legion charities by transferring donations from one Pony Express Station to another through large areas, states, or nationally. As such, The American Legion has been extended the courtesy power to activate the Pony Express for any project they deem worthy.  It is important to understand that this power of activation is only a power extended to American Legion Commanders as a matter of courtesy from the Pony Express.  The name Pony Express was chosen because in the hearts of Americans it continues to represent the spirit of America and the romance of the Old West. The Pony Express is still an icon that strikes the imagination of patriotic Americans. By resurrecting the Pony Express  we are setting in motion a historic project that will impact the lives of our troops, veterans, and their families for years to come. We want you to be part of this. 
The Pony Express is recognized throughout the United States as a National Network of people helping veterans and their families through participation in American Legion sanctioned charities.  Volunteers are asked to become Pony Express Messengers, they don't have to belong to The American Legion, nor do they have to ride a motorcycle.  If you would like to become a Pony Express Messenger, please email us at [email protected]

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