On Sunday, July 28, American Legion Post 104 in Appomattox held an Installation Ceremony at Post Headquarters for Chapter 104 American Legion Riders. The newly elected Virginia State Commander A.B.  Brown officiated the ceremony, along with Virginia State Legion Rider Commander J. Jones.

To start a chapter of the American Legion Riders, a minimum of six American Legion members are required.

“As the adjutant of Post 104, I had the idea to start the chapter, and during a monthly meeting, all the members present voted to start the chapter for the Riders Post,” stated Commander Ron Krauklis of Chapter 104 Legion Riders. “Fourteen members of Post 104 signed up to start the Chapter. Officers for the Legion Rider Chapter were elected and worked with Mr. Jones and the State Legion Riders Subcommittee to get the by-laws written and a few other things done, but we managed to complete everything in just about 2 months.”

Krauklis will now attend the American Legion Leaders College in Richmond, Virginia, for classes on the Legion Riders and how the group will be able to assist with Post and community events. Members of Legion Rider Chapters from Gladys, Hopewell, Spotsylvania, Newport News, Colonial Beach, Lynchburg and Mechanicsville attended.

To be a Legion Rider, members must hold membership in and be in good standing with The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion.

Members must be legally registered motorcycle owners or be the legally registered owner’s spouse within the state of registration.

All operators must be properly licensed and insured per state laws.

All members must obey motor vehicle laws in the state in which they are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.

If interested in becoming an American Legion Member or a Legion Rider, contact Post 104 at amerlegpost104@gmail.com or come to a meeting at Post 104 headquarters on Oakleigh Avenue in Appomattox on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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