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9/11 Memorial Ride Hosted by American Legion Riders Post 77

The American Legion Post 77 hosted their first Annual 9/11 Memorial Ride on the morning of September 11, 2021.
Photo by: W. Clay Crook / The Lexington Progress

Article by W. Clay Crook-

Over fifty motorcycles and other vehicles gathered at the American Legion Post 77 building on East Church Street on Saturday morning, September 11, 2021.

It was a day of good fellowship, but more especially one for reflection and remembrance, as the American Legion Riders Post 77 (ALR) hosted their 1st Annual 9/11 Memorial Ride. American Legion Riders Director Jared “Rodeo” Melton, and Assistant Director James “Baldilocks” Smith were the primary contacts for the ride, and Krash served as the Road Captain.

About fifty motorcycles were grouped into formation, with the two wheeled motorcycles in front, three wheeled cycles in the middle, and the other vehicles trailing at the end. Designated bikes and vehicles flank out to the side to help with traffic at intersections. Safety during a multi-bike event is foremost.

Like many other riding groups, ALR members have their road names, like Towtruck, Trainwreck, Pigeon, Bacon, Tooterbelle, and Gypsy. The names will make you smile, but the seriousness of the occasion and their dedication to veteran causes could be easily seen during the ceremonies.

Riders came from all over and from groups like the Christian Motorcycle Association, the Sons of God MC, Southern Cruisers Riding Club were represented, along with individual riders. One set of colors, as designated vests are called, commemorated Flight #93, others showed their affiliation with the Masonic Lodge. Pins commemorate rides, interests, or military decorations. Some of the patches commemorate fallen riders. One of the most common that day was the…

For the complete article, see the September 15th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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