Johnston-Blessman Post 38


We are looking forward to our 2023 riding season. 

In addition to our parade activities, we support others fundraising activities both by riding and by attending picnics, raffles, etc. We also have a few dedicated guys who support the Patriot Guard Riders at funeral missions. 
New this year are some Children & Youth events. We plan on being at the National Guard's Military Family Day at Lambeau Field this Spring. We are also investigating helping the BetheOne4OurYouth program in visits to schools. 
Again, the Riders are having a Statewide fundraising motorcycle ride. “Back to Basics Tour” will begin in Juneau on July 17th and arrive in Wausau for the Department Convention on July 19th. Proceeds will benefit Camp American Legion and are targeted at the renovation of the Recreation building. The ride is open to the public and donations will be accepted at stops along the way, online, and by mail. Look for the Tour announcement on Facebook and at our website coming soon! 
Membership in the American Legion Riders is open to anyone in the Legion Family with a motorcycle of 500cc and larger. Check us out at and on Facebook. Come and join us! 
 Paul Heit
American Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin District 9 President 





The American Legion Riders

Today over 425 American Legion Riders programs, organized by chapters, districts, or departments, support Americanism and Children 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. What do American Legion Riders do? The activities are far too many to mention in this space, but here are a few examples:

  • American Legion Riders chapters and districts, nationally, have become some of the most generous donors for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, raising as much as $5,000 or more in a single event.
  • Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder."
  • Legion Riders sponsor or participate in local and national charity events in support of the sponsoring American Legion Post.
  • Legion Riders ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Battered Women and Children's Center, Varied Children and Youth programs, a School for Blind Children, Veterans Relief, Needy families and many, many others.
  • Legion Riders founded a national movement called “Patriot Guard” ( that honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services.
  • Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community.
  • Legion Riders have also begun to teach motorcycle and driver safety in the community and in schools in cooperation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations.

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 a win/win situation for your post, district, and Department!

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