Good evening from Northern California.

 As I have followed a number of chapters’ posts about Veterans’ Day celebrations and also after watching the Festival of Remembrance from London, I was impressed to offer some reflections on our organization.

 Comrades, we should all be united in our commitment to support our four pillars. But one thought keeps coming back: we can make every day veterans’ day in our communities. We are not constrained by a holiday.

 There is time enough for us to share ideas among our areas to attract new members which gives us a larger footprint to help more, a “virtuous cycle of love.”

 As an organization committed to serving Veterans living and dead, we have the obligation to share the spirit of Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day throughout the year. Look at the escorts our chapters participate in for those who have gone to Post Everlasting, but also the escorts for soldiers returning from combat or leaving on deployment.

 I send my thanks to all those who participate in these; know my heart is with you.

I am grateful for all the support we receive from our partners from the Son’s and the Auxiliary. Our organization is blessed to have you as key members and leaders.

 We may be different in our faith, in our ages, in our service; we are united in our commitment to support the mission of the American Legion Riders.


Fred Branson

Chaplain, American Legion Riders


Good afternoon comrades.

     With the unexpected passing of our past Department Commander, Ed Grimsley, I have felt a strong impression to pen a note to the Riders. We are a service organization aligned with the goals and four pillars of our parent organization, the American Legion. Whether we are Auxiliary, Veterans or Squadron, we are all equal in the organization, with opportunities for service and leadership at any level. 

     Riders, as we go into our communities, let us go out, as our preamble states: “To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy,” “To promote Peace and Goodwill on earth,” and to fulfill our commitment to serve as Commander Grimsley did, full throttle and focused on the good we can do. 

     Not one of us is guaranteed a day, a month or a year; we can, however, take full advantage of the time we have now to do service for those around us, to show a laser focus on the 4 pillars. 

     I call on all of us “To consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness” and take a moment to reflect on our place in our communities.

     If we were to disappear tomorrow, would our community recognize our absence?

     Brothers and sisters, take this time, this month, in your chapter meetings, as you hold a moment of silence for those who have gone on to Post Everlasting, to reconsecrate yourselves to the ideals we all joined the American Legion Riders to promote.


For God and Country,

Fred Branson


8:00 am to 11:00 am

ALR Chapter 184 Pancake Breakfast and Meet and Greet
December 11, 2021
American Legion Post 184
412 Camino Real
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

$7 Donation for 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, OJ and coffee
Seating begins hourly starting at
0800 1100.

Pre reserve a seating via Venmo
(@Brian Toal 2) Please state pancake, number in party and time in the notes.
Walk ins welcome. Parties over 5 please let us know in advance you plan to

Army-Navy Game will be playing on multiple screens in the canteen as
well as outside starting at noon. Canteen will be open for alcohol

For more information contact Chapter Director Brian Toal or Vice Director Justin Garcia

Instagram: @alrchapter184


6:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Toys for Tots  Crab Feed,

Location Post 82, 130 South Blvd San Mateo Calif

Time 6:30pm Cost $50.00 plus a UnWrapped Toy.

Will have Military Personnel for meet and Greet. 

Depending engagements.

Tickets can be purchased either via mail or in Person

Night of Crab Feed,  Bring Unwrapped Toy


Ed Caler

American Legion Rider

Chapter 82

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