The American Legion Riders of Iowa, Marion Chapter 298
Chapter 298 officers for 2015
meetings are the third Saturday of each month at 9 A.M. (Except in December)
The Marion American Legion Riders Chapter began in the summer of 2007.
One of our stated goals is to ride in Rolling Thunder with as many members as
we can. Rolling Thunder XXIX "Ride for
Freedom" is May 29, 2016. I've been told that there
were over 400,000 motorcycles in the Pentagon parking lot, the staging point
before the ride through the capital.
Another goal is to help raise funds for the
Legacy Scholarship. The Legacy Scholarship Fund is an effort by the American Legion to
help provide a college
education for any child who's mother or father has died while on active duty since Sep
11th, 2001. One of the Riders fundraising efforts is the annual Legacy
Run which is open to anyone to ride. The ride is from various points
around the US to the National Convention. The Marion Riders raised over two
thousand dollars for each of the last 3 years! For 2012, 6 of our 13
members rode from Niagara Falls to Indianapolis for this worthy cause. In
2014 the route was from Indianapolis to Charlotte and 3 of us participated.
For 2015, the convention was in Baltimore, MD. For 2016 the Ride wil go to
Cincinatti, OH. The Ride is from Indianapolis, leaving on the
21st of August.
We are quite proud of what our little band has raised for
the Legacy Scholarship Fund, especially when our maximum size was 33 and we
normally number under 20.
Total so far $18,556.81
For pictures of some of our events, click here.
What we are is members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary,
and Sons of the American Legion who also ride motorcycles. We're not
special and apart, just have something extra and use it to raise money for
furthering the policies and publicizing the image of the American Legion.
We began as a Chapter In 2007. This
is the newsletter that has the details of our beginning.
Our Directors thus far are:
Aug 2007 -Dec 2008
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2013 -
Where do I get the stuff?
have found several things that help us along. If you want to buy a leather
vest, http://leatherup.com/ is a good
site and gives a discount if you use the Online Discount Code of 55632
you go to buy your patches for your vest, they are only allowed if from Emblem
Sales. Here is the link to patches http://emblem.legion.org/Patches/products/275/
The guidelines are pretty loose overall. To hit the requirements, you need
only a small American flag, that goes on the left front of the vest (Product
Number 820.400 at a cost of $1.50 or so) and a big back patch. Get the big back patch (Product Number 720.402X) that allows
printing underneath. You would need to get the printing "Iowa Chapter"
and underneath that "Marion Post 298". The headgear of choice is
the beret (Product Number 705.301) but most don't have that. We're not too
crazy over hats, but would want them for ceremonial purposes. A ball cap
with the Rider patch would be accepted, and not many of us have that.
should also have the Small Legion Rider Patch
(Product Number 720.400X) with "Iowa Chapter" on it, on the front of
your vest, under the flag - but this is an optional patch. Don't get too
hung up on placement. You can add patches to your
heart's delight with just a couple bits of reason.
1. We honor the Flag, so it shouldn't be under another patch - should have
parity in placement or better.
2. We have some class so nothing profane of offensive.
Many of us also have joined the Patriot Guard, and got that patch from their
If you need patches sewn on, many of us have places we go. Contact me
or any other Rider to see where we went.
to read the current American Legion Riders Bylaws.