Panhandle American Legion Riders Honor Local Veterans
By ERICA CHIPPERFIELD
The Panhandle Chapter 43 of the American Legion Riders is part of the American Legion Family at Alliance Post #7, formed six years ago, and currently have twenty-two chartered members. There are forty-four ALR chapters across the state of Nebraska, with 1,265 riders. Riders participate in fundraisers for local charitable organizations such as children’s hospitals, cancer camps, scholarships and toy runs for children of war casualties. They provide escorts for military flights carrying our servicemen and women home to their communities and loved ones. American Legions Rider Honor Guards and ceremonial teams protect the sanctity of veterans’ funerals, stand flag lines at memorial services and carry on special bonds formed in military service.
“We are pretty active in this area and are honored and willing to help any family that has a veteran involved or has a loss of a veteran. Locally we are involved with fundraising for the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetary at Alliance for the wind break, the honor flight veterans to help cover expenses for them and we are currently helping with ‘Quilts of Valor’ program,” stated Jac-Lyn Swanson-Stefka, Director & Western Nebraska Assistant Liaison.
More than 1,250 American Legion Riders chapters, organized by local American Legion posts and departments worldwide, ride in support of America’s future. Legion Riders maintain American Legion programs in every state and in several countries overseas. One of the fastest growing and most highly visible of the many activities offered by The American Legion, the Legion Riders ride for the community, state and nation. The American Legion Riders were founded at the American Legion Post #396 in Garden City, MI in the fall of 1993. Members wanted to create an environment in which members of the Legion Family could share a common love for motorcyles. Membership is open only to members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of The American Legion. All American Legion share common interests of: love of country, love to help and support veterans and love of riding. Members
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the ALR Panhandle Chapter may contact, Jac-Lyn Swanson-Stefka, Director & Western Nebraska Assistant Liaison at (308) 763-1172.