Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin was formed and chartered
in August 2000. In it's infancy, the group consisted of a half dozen
members. Today, the ALRA of Wisconsin consists of many members covering
all twelve districts across the state. Our state meetings are held
Our current tri-fold informational brochure: Front and Back
currently has eleven formalized district chapters (districts 4 and
5 are combined).
To see what district you may live in, look at the
map. They are as follows:
District 1, in the southeastern
most part of Wisconsin, includes Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Rock and Waukesha counties.
in east central Wisconsin, includes Columbia,
Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan counties.
in southwestern Wisconsin, includes
Crawford, Dane, Green, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties.
consists of the initial members from Post 400 (Harley Davidson Post
- Milwaukee) and many of the surrounding communities around Milwaukee.
surrounds the Lake Winnebago area.
The counties include Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc,
Marquette and Winnebago.
in central and west central Wisconsin, includes
Adams, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Sauk, Juneau, and Vernon counties.
in central Wisconsin, includes Marathon, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca,
Waushara and Wood counties.
in northeast Wisconsin, includes Brown, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee,
Langlade, Marinette, Oconto and Outagamie counties.
in west central Wisconsin, includes Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix
and Trempealeau counties.
in northern Wisconsin, includes Ashland, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida,
Price, Taylor and Vilas counties.
in northwestern Wisconsin, includes Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties.
For more information
on these districts, go to the News & Pics page and click
on the respective district in the left column.
The year 2001
was our first year to conduct events together as a group. Some of
our accomplishments consisted of providing a motorcycle color guard
and service flag display for three parades The July 4th Parade in
Oshkosh, the Labor Day Parade in Menasha, and the "Salute to
Our Troops" Parade in Oshkosh on Sunday, October 7, 2001.
to Our Troops" was a parade sponsored by ALRA of Wisconsin
to show support of our military personnel who are committed to protecting
our country's freedoms. It was also a memorial tribute to honor
the rescuers, to those injured, to those who lost their lives and
to all those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Little did we know, this parade would "kick off" the war!
We were invited
as the color guard in a motorcycle run to King Veteran's Home Open
House in King, WI. This event is sponsored by the Fox Valley H.O.G.
Chapter and American Legion Post 38 in Appleton. A pancake breakfast
was provided by the post for those participating. Once arriving
at the veteran's home, in addition to tours on the grounds, King
held a classic automobile and military vehicle show, riverboat rides
on the "Chief Waupaca", food booths and a chance to exchange
stories with some of our senior brothers and sisters.
The year 2002
was a memorable one for many reasons. Not only did our organization
repeat the same events from the previous year, but many others were
added. Two of the more memorable events were Rolling Thunder's Candlelight
Remembrance Ceremony in Ripon and the motorcycle escort of the American
Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) from Milwaukee to Appleton and
the ceremonies that surrounded its presence.
ALRA of WI was
very honored to be invited to participate in Rolling Thunder's Candlelight
Remembrance Ceremony. Rolling
Thunder is a grass roots organization that supports the accountability
of all POW/MIAs throughout all wars and conflicts. It is their mission
to educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of
war were left behind after all past wars. Also, to help correct
the past and to protect the future veterans from being left behind
should they become prisoners of war-missing in action.
On May 19th
in Ripon, the Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony began with a motorcycle
procession. This included a motorcycle color guard and a service
flag display. It also included representatives from the Gold
Star Mothers. These are American mothers who lost a son or daughter
during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War,
Beirut, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi
Arabia, all Strategic Areas, or while in service to our country.
These ladies actually rode as riders on the back of motorcycles!
ended at a park where the actual candlelight remembrance ceremony
took place. This formal ceremony honored those veterans, from all
branches of service, who died for us protecting our freedoms and
those still not accounted for..
The second memorable
event was a true honor. The ALRA of Wisconsin conducted a formal
motorcycle escort of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT)
from Milwaukee to Appleton. At 4/5 scale, the AVTT is the largest
Portable Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
The American Veterans
Traveling Tribute is an unforgettable exhibit traveling the United
States that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the
U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.
Not only the
escort of The Wall, but being a part of its construction, participating
in its ceremonies, providing for its security and dismantling it
are memories that will never be forgotten.
Here are a few
more rides of the recent past that the organization is currently
One was a new
mission of raising money for Camp
American Legion, a quiet getaway in Wisconsin's north country
for a Wisconsin veteran to have some recuperative time to aid in
your recovery from an operation, illness, breakdown or other affliction.
The ALRA of Wisconsin has made this an annual benefit ride to help
support this cause.
the ALRA of Wisconsin participates in the America's
Freedom Rally Ride for Armed Forces. This ride takes place in
Milwaukee, starting at the Harley Davidson Plant on Capital Drive.
Hundreds of motorcycles have participated in this ceremonial event,
commemorating those that protect this great nation.
was the Oshkosh Aces Fallen
Heroes Benefit Ride. This is a ride put on by a well-known motorcycle
club in the Oshkosh area that raised money for the Intrepid Fallen
Heroes Fund, a fund that helps support the famlies of soldiers who
have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our Great Nation.
Since then there
are many new events along with those that are traditionally carried
on. Please check out the site to see them.
The list goes
on and on. Many of the past year's events can be found on our Old Pictures and
News & Pics pages. Please take the time to check them out.