American Legion Post 735

35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca
New York 14224
U.S.A.

(716) 675-7613
Fax: (716) 675-0365


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2017
West Seneca Chamber of Commerce
Community Service Organization of the Year






American Legion Post 735

Legion Riders






American Legion Post 735 / West Seneca Chapter
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We are pleased to announce the formation of a Legion Riders Chapter at West Seneca American Legion Post 735. Membership is open to any member in good standing of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of the American Legion who owns either individually or through marriage, a motorcycle licensed and insured as required under local laws.

We envision the focus of this chapter to be on riding, fun and camaraderie!



If you are interested in joining our Chapter, click here to print application, complete and mail to:


Legion Riders

35 Legion Parkway

West Seneca, NY 14224



Click here for the NYSALR Form for chapter officer's Information.





  • Homeless Vets Motorcycle Run   -    Saturday, May 23, 2015
  • American Legion Post 735 is once again sponsoring a Motorcycle Run on May 23, 2015 to raise money and awareness to the Homeless Veterans in our local area. Funds raised from this event will be utilized to purchase specific needed items at Altamont House in Buffalo which houses 34 individuals in transition.

    The Start and Finish will be at the American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca, NY 14224. Kickstands up at noon, with stops at the East Aurora Legion, Concord Legion, Gowanda Legion, Eden Legion and back to West Seneca Legion.

    Registration begins at 10:00AM and the cost for registration is $15.00 for drivers, $10.00 for passengers, and $10.00 for non-riders. The cost includes coffee and donuts in the morning and all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Sausage and one beverage. Entertainment will be provided by the rock band Alibi Pass. A Chinese Auction and 50/50 Drawings will also be held.

    For additional information, contact Ron Kelly at 716-983-5342. Please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Please come out and support our Veterans!






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    History

    The idea of the American Legion Riders got its start in Garden City, Mich., in 1993, when Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles.

    Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, sharing their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, and how to gain Membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "American Legion Riders."

    Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family.




    Legion Riders today

    Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities.

    True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born. The Riders are part of many projects and events, including:

    • Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in Washington on Memorial Day weekend.
    • Annual regional rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California and other Western states.
    • Local charity events in support of The American Legion and local communities.
    • Raising money for VA hospitals, women and children centers, children and youth centers, schools and other facilities.
    • Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle runs to benefit numerous charities.
    • Local memorial ceremonies and community parades.
    • The American Legion Legacy Run, an annual cross-country fundraising ride from National Headquarters in Indianapolis to the national convention city.
    • Riding to honor fallen military men and women, and to protect the sanctity of their funerals from those who would dishonor their memory.
    • Escorting military units to departure airfields and airports for combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return.


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    American Legion Riders National Program

    FROM RESOLUTION 35 AS VOTED ON BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON OCTOBER 17-18, 2007 AND AMENDED BY RESOLUTION 32 BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON MAY 4-5, 2011

    All American Legion Rider groups must be a program supported by a Post or Department of The American Legion and shall uphold the declared principles of The American Legion as well as conform to and abide by the regulations and decisions of the Department, Post or other duly constituted Department governing body.

    The following guidelines are recommended for The ALR program of The American Legion:

    1. All members of The American Legion Riders shall be current members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion
    2. Each ALR member shall establish and maintain membership by owning, individually or through marriage, a motorcycle licensed and insured as required by state law
    3. ALR programs may allow for continued membership for those members who have given up motorcycle ownership because of age, illness, injury, or other reasons outside the member's control
    4. All ALR members shall strive to maintain the image of The American Legion, at all times upholding The American Legion name and emblem, which symbolizes the integrity and principles of this great organization
    5. All The ALR groups shall avoid the perception of being a "motorcycle club" or biker club"
    6. The only recognized The American Legion Rider logo is that which is copyrighted and sold through The American Legion National Emblem sales
    7. All Members will obey the motorcycle laws of their state
    8. No use of rockers with the ALR patch because touching the patch violates trademark laws of the ALR patch
    9. Sponsoring organization (Post and Department) will review liability insurance coverage to ensure that adequate coverage is available to cover the organization to include coverage for any specific special riding events.

    American Legion Rider groups shall abide by The American Legion Constitution and By-laws as well as the established Post and Department directives.

    The American Legion National Headquarters and the respective Departments shall maintain general oversight of ALR Program as regards to proper use of the name and emblem of The American Legion, ALR and The American Legion Legacy Run, and compliance with the National Constitution and By-Laws of The American Legion.

    Bold fields indicate what was amended by Resolution 32, May 4-5, 2011





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