Legion Riders

Veterans’ Motorcycle Plates Unveiled
The new design became a reality through collaboration between the provincial government and the Royal Canadian Legion.

The plate features the legion’s official red poppy which is a well-known symbol of remembrance. The poppy was first made available for vehicles last year and since then, has been incorporated into the motorcycle plate design.

Veteran Tom Skelding was recipient of the first plate numbered VA-001.

Skelding served with Canadian Army and retired as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He played a key role in getting the new plates created through a letter writing campaign that began over a year ago. Skelding says it is important to him that people recognize veterans in the community.

He says the plates also encourage veterans to connect with one another and he feels honoured and humbled to be the first recipient.

Pictured are the participants of the “2nd Annual Ride for Wounded Warriors” fundraising event. The picture was taken in front of the Fergus Legion Branch 275. This fundraiser was hosted by the Hespeler Legion Branch 272. Several motorcycle groups took part, Orangeville, Guelph and of course Hespeler just to name a few. Many of the riders are from the “Legion Riders” – a group newly formed by The Royal Canadian Legion in the month of May, 2016.IMG_8951-1

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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Any current Legion Member of The Royal Canadian Legion may join Legion Riders. If you are not a current Legion member, join the Legion today! You don’t have to be a Veteran to be a member of the Legion, and anyone 18+ can join.
Join and become an official Legion Rider! You can Register Online5 . Have your Legion membership number ready. Once registered online, you will receive updates on national Legion Riders activities and stay connected to Legion Riders across Canada.

Better yet contact the Fergus Legion at (519) 843-4300 and ask for the Membership Chairperson who will assist you through the membership process and connect you to the national Legion Riders activities.
Start a Legion Riders Chapter
“A group of Legion Riders may form a Unit at their local Branch to coordinate local activities, to raise funds and to participate in community motorcycle rides. Volunteer to start a Unit or coordinate Legion Riders activities in your area! Follow the link for more information:
There are many activities a Legion Chapter can get involve with, naming just two are the Ride for Wounded Warriors with information given here at http://www.rideforwoundedwarriors.com/ and
Heroes Highway Ride and Annual Rally 2016, Saturday, June4th, 2016. Registration is free and the route is the Highway of Heroes (Hwy 401) to Memorial Park, Port Hope, Ontario. More information is available at http://www.heroshighwayride.com/ride.html
More events are listed in the “The Riders MAG” on facebook or online at: http://www.theridersmag.com
Happy Riding as we support our Troops