P. O. Box 4242 - 403 West Main Street - Sevierville, Tennessee 37864 americanlegion104@gmail.com

RIDE WITH AMERICA’S VETERANS

Membership in American Legion Riders is Available to Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion

“American Legion RIDERS of Post 104”

You are invited to come be our guest and learn more about Post 104’s American Legion Riders. Come to our next RIDERS 104 Meeting held at 1900 (7:00 PM) following the Open House Dinner on the last Thursday of the month at 403 W Main Street, Sevierville, Tennessee at 10:00am, or come to the Regular Post 104 Monthly Meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm. We also have “OPEN HOUSE” every Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Come join other veterans for a meal and a social evening of fellowship.

NEWS OF ALR POST 104

On Tuesday, May 17th, the riders once again were asked to honor a fallen brother.  Ken Neufer passed away on Monday, May 16th, and his son Scott asked us to escort the body on the way home to Ohio.

We agreed and were honored to assist the family in TN.  We left Ashley funeral home at 1000 and escorted them to near the TN border.  New escorts picked up the family in Ohio and continued with them to Lodi.  He will be cremated in Ohio, with a memorial service and full military honors.  He has asked to have his ashes scattered in Alaska.

Thanks to John Hitt, Barney Woodie, Lindsey Hartshorn,  Jim Wharton, Mitch Combs, Max Russel, Lester Weigly, Carol Weigly, Guy McCarter and Tom Baxter for the motorcycle escort.  Carol Baxter rode with Tom.   Carolyn Wells, Shirley Piniak, and Jennifery Jacobs rode in the van with Jake Jacobs driving.  Bob and Faye Slattery drove their jeep.

We were blessed with no major traffic issues through the entire ride and everyone came home safely.

We will be adding Ken to our memorial ride in 2018.

UPCOMING ALR EVENTS AT POST 104

May is a busy month for the riders.

May 19 and 20th we will be assisting the Ladies Auxiliary with Poppy Days around Sevierville.  The Ladies do so much for us and this is one way we return the favor.

On Monday May 22nd Tom and Carol will be traveling to Cookeville for the Run for the Wall (RFTW) Midway route banquet.  This also an awards dinner for the local folks and since Carol is the TN Chairman she is always invited.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, The RFTW Midway route riders will be stopping in downtown Knoxville at the East TN Veterans Memorial in Worlds Fair Park.  We will be leaving the post at 0830 to set up for them and serve them lunch.  They will arrive around 1115 and depart at 1205.  Everyone is invited as we always have room on the flag line when they arrive.

On Wednesday, May 24th, we will leave the post at 10:30 to go over to the overpass at exit 412 to cheer on the Southern Route riders from RFTW as the pass through TN on the way to VA.

On Saturday, May 27th the TN Smokiesa are having a Salute to Veterans day.  All veterans get into a ball game for free.  At 5:00 PM, they will have a ceremony to thank veterans and to honor the Gold Star Mothers.  The ALR will be assisting Post 2 and Rolling Thunder by providing motorcycles for a ride into the stadium for the Gold Star Mothers.  Dave Head is leading that effort.

On Sunday, May 28th, the Post 104 riders will leave the post at 1030 to ride up to Veterans Lookout on 25E to attend the Memorial Day Veterans program.  We will take the leisure route back for lunch, and then ride home. Bring water

Thursday, May 25th is our next riders meeting, starting at 7:00 PM.

 

CURRENT MEMBERS OF ALR POST 104

Charlie Hickman, Max Russell, John Hitt, Mitchell Combs, Jake Jacob, Jennifer Jacob, John Jeffries,  Guy McCarter, Jack Maness, Bob Slattery, Carl Cook, Charles Wells, Carolyn Wells, “TD” Burns, Fran Burns, Tom Thompson, Connie Thompson, Lindsey Hartshorn, Tom Baxter, Carol Baxter, Steve Ford, Marcus Moore, Michael Reed, Mike Ater, Dave Head, Charles Schrader, Barney Woody, Jim Wharton, Carol “Pinkie” Weigly, Lester Weigly, William “Bill” Luther.

SUPPORT MEMBERS

Dave Howard

Shirley Piniak

Dave Howard

   Charles Tedford

RIDERS 104 OFFICERS–2016-2017

Director: …………………………………………Dave Head, Navy

Assistant Director :………………………….Lester Weigly, Armyy

Secretary:………………………………………..Carol “Pinky” Weigly

Treasurer:………………………………………..Carol Baxter

Historian:…………………………………………..Open

Senior Road Captain:………………………….Mike Reed

Honorary Road Captain:……………………..Larry “LJ” Johnson

Sgt-at-Arms:………………………………………..Jim Wharton, Navy

Chaplain:……………………………………………Barney Woody

RIDERS 104 COMMITTEES

Activities Committee: Open

Membership Committee: Dave Head

Fund Raising Committee: Open

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 “MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS” 

Today, over 1000 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, is The American Legion Riders. This group is a diverse group, and so are the programs they support. What do the Legion Riders do? The activities are far too many to mention in this space, but here are a few examples:

    1. 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.

    2. Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as “Rolling Thunder”.

    3. Legion Riders sponsor or participate in local and national charity events in support of the sponsoring American Legion Post.

    4. 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.

    5. Legion Riders founded a national movement called “The Patriot Guard Riders”, who honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services.

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For more about the Patriot Guard Riders, Click: www.patriotguard.org

   6. Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community.

    7. 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.

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