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American Legion Riders seek members, support

Members of American Legion Riders based at Post 32 proudly display a banner with their name and logo. The group is hoping to grow in numbers and garner community support in its mission to assist veterans and their families.

Members of American Legion Riders based at Post 32 proudly display a banner with their name and logo. The group is hoping to grow in numbers and garner community support in its mission to assist veterans and their families.

COVINGTON -- A new group of bikers is in town, and they're here to help.

The American Legion Riders has been newly formed and is based out of local American Legion Post 32. Comprised of Legion members who also happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts, the group's goal is to support veterans and their families in any way possible.

A subsidiary of the national and state Riders, the local unit exists to participate in parades and other ceremonies, including funerals of veterans, promote motorcycle safety programs and a social atmosphere for Legion members with the same interests and to support veterans and their families through scholarships, benefit rides and other activities. Members are from the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.

"Everything we do is for the veterans and their families and their children," said American Legion Riders Commander Charlie Wilson. "It's for those deported overseas, those serving now, the families of deceased veterans, those in hospitals and nursing homes. If they need anything, we try to provide it."

The new group recently held a barbecue to raise money for various American Legion programs and will participate in the Ride for the Troops to take place in Conyers on Oct. 8.

Anyone interested in joining America Legion Riders should contact Wilson at 678-616-7440 or attend the group's monthly meeting, held at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 3132 Legion Drive in Covington.