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American Legion Riders

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Sep 15, 2021

Russell Weekley & Rick Hunter Display the ALR Flag

As the first chapter of American Legion Riders of West Virginia, this local group of dedicated individuals has devoted themselves to helping veterans and community throughout their history. Some of their most cherished causes include benefit fundraisers for those most in need, assisting in the purchase of hearing aids for elder veterans and securing grave markers and flags for deceased veterans to list just a few. Other ways the group of riders strives to maintain an American Legion image is by providing gas cards for cancer patients and assisting victims that have lost everything in house fires.

Additional community causes to which the local American Legion Riders make donations include Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots and support for local food pantries. A highlight of the year was successfully filling three 55 gallon drums to the top with food and delivering them to area food pantries knowing they would get the food to the people that need it most. The group also donated money to Post 81 for the disabled veterans hunting trip, contributed a donation of $100 for flagpoles at Post 67 and added their financial support for the Legion Riders Legacy Run. The Legacy Run annually raises money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since September 11, 2001.

Russell Weekly, Director of the local chapter of American Legion Riders, shared how active their group is when it comes to representing the American Legion. “We have provided breakfast for veterans at no cost and purchased gift cards for them for Thanksgiving dinners.” Another way the group supports their community is by providing funeral escorts and placing flag rows for deceased veterans.

In the words of American Legion Rider Russell Weekly, “So when you see a motorcyclist wearing a Legion Riders vest, you can believe they’re either going to or coming from a benefit for either a veteran or community cause.”