The American Legion Riders. The American Legion Department of Florida Fall Conference. History and development. Idea of American Legion members on motorcycles likely dates back to 1920s.
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The American Legion
Department of Florida
Idea of American Legion members on motorcycles likely dates back to 1920s.
Shown: Advertisements for Harley-Davidson® and Indian Motocycle® on “The American Legion Magazine”, February, 1921.
Resolution 35 (October 2007)
5. The only authorized ALR marks/logos, if worn, are those owned by The American Legion.
Resolution 32 was approved by the NEC in October 2011.
Many posts may have stricter Rider SOPs.
Less strict standards than department or national SOPs or CB&Ls are not valid.
ALR officers are named by the hosting post.
ALR organizational documents, and any changes, must be approved by the post.
The American Legion Riders National Liaison Committee to The Internal Affairs Commission.
Hour 2—Legal and administrative
Logo, patch, and words The American Legion Riders® are registered service marks of The American Legion®
“Legion Riders” is also considered by the courts to be a word mark protected from use by other groups to describe motorcycle programs.
Congress gives The American Legion “sole and exclusive right…” Title 36, Sect. 48, United States Code
“Whoever manufactures, sells, or purchases for resell…any article of merchandise bearing the…emblem…of a veteran’s organization…shall be fined…or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both. Title 18, Sect. 705 U.S.C.
Federal courts have established corrective actions for instances of theft of marks. Members of an unincorporated group, or their heirs, may be sued individually for:
Permission to use the emblems or word marks will be granted by the National Adjutant for any legitimate purpose.
Emblem Request form is in the Officers Guide, pages 153-154.
Permission is considered to be granted for routine post and department stationery, posters, or other daily needs—but should be obtained for any outside vendors preparing such letterhead, stationery, posters, and other goods—if they are good businesspersons they will know the risk.
Notice the border on the American Legion Baseball® emblem…since removed.
4. The Post treasurer or finance officer or post fiscal officer must be signatory on all accounts.
Nonprofits? Charitable organizations?
…a complicate and dangerous area!
501c(19) - organizations or posts of past military veterans
501c(3) - charitable organizations
As separate legal entities:
Lose the right to wear the American Legion names/logos.
Must file forms 990 and other documents.
Are still subject to “5 Rules.”
Cannot lobby for veterans.
Status does not protect post.
May be sued.
Resolution 35: “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; . . .”
LEAD Training—ALR Programs