American Legion Riders - Post 2 Abbeville, SC

We meet the 3rd Saturday of every month (11:00am) at the Abbeville Veterans Memorial Foundation 200 Long Branch Street, Abbeville, SC

American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded servicemembers and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

History
In Garden City, Mich., in 1993, Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles.
Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, sharing their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, and how to gain Membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "American Legion Riders."
Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family.

Mission: Legion Riders Today Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities. True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born. The Riders are part of many projects and events, including: Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in Washington on Memorial Day weekend. Annual regional rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California and other Western states. Local charity events in support of The American Legion and local communities. Raising money for VA hospitals, women and children centers, children and youth centers, schools and other facilities. Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle runs to benefit numerous charities. Local memorial ceremonies and community parades. The American Legion Legacy Run, an annual cross-country fundraising ride from National Headquarters in Indianapolis to the national convention city. Riding to honor fallen military men and women, and to protect the sanctity of their funerals from those who would dishonor their memory. Escorting military units to departure airfields and airports for combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return.

[01/19/19]   The pre-ride for the 2019 South Carolina Legacy Ride is 9 - 10 March. The Legacy Ride is April 27 - 28. The ride begins in Sumpter, stops in Murrells Inlett Saturday night and finishes Sunday in Columbia.

Rob has hotel information and we will post that early next week.

[12/31/18]   Hapy New Year to ALL Post 2 Legion Rider's from your friend in the North.

[11/22/18]   Happy Thanksgiving to ALL my GREAT friends. God has blessed me to have all of you for fabulous friends & family.

Fun Day at AVMF Bldg. Phil Copelan smoked meat that Rob had donated. Food was good and kids enjoyed themselves. Turned out to be a nice day also.

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ALR Meeting at AVMF Bldg. Today Rob Phillips came to meeting in his wheelchair with his grandson. Everyone was happy to see him after his motorcycle accident. Rob stated to all that if your going to ride "wear your helmet". Boot drive for Dec discussed as well as Christmas parades. We also remembered Jimmy, Jon got input for Funeral SOP among other items discussed.

ALR Meeting at AVMF Bldg. Today Rob Phillips came to meeting in his wheelchair with his grandson. Everyone was happy to see him after his motorcycle accident. Rob stated to all that if your going to ride "wear your helmet". Boot drive for Dec discussed as well as Christmas parades. We also remembered Jimmy, Jon got input for Funeral SOP among other items discussed.

Our brother Rob Phillips had a car make a left turn in front of him today. God was there with him. He gave Rob the skills to avoid the worst of it, the sense to wear his helmet and the strength to endure and survive.

I visited him at the hospital and he is in good spirits and still able to give me a hard time so I know he will be just fine.

Please keep Rob and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he begins his recovery.

13 Oct 2018 Veterans Breakfast at Abbeville Veterans Memorial Foundation

[09/16/18]   I was handed a note that someone is trying to sell a 2005 Yamaha 650 Silverado. Asking $2,800. Phone 864-391-6165

[08/30/18]   I need to know who is going to the meet and greet in Rock Hill on September 15th.

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Good afternoon,

My name is Elliott Kelley and I am reaching out on behalf of Jeff Duncan for Congress to extend an invitation to veterans in your area to attend our 8th annual Faith & Freedom BBQ on August 27th beginning at 6pm at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson, SC. In appreciation of their service, we are inviting all first responders, veterans, National Guardsmen, and their families to attend the event for free. Free tickets may be claimed by visiting jeffduncan.com.

Would you please share this information with veterans in your area, so that if they would like to attend the event they have the opportunity. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Elliott Kelley
Duncan for Congress

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American Legion Riders - Post 2 Abbeville, SC

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Welcome to our newest Rider, Jeff Auten.

Rolling Thunder 2018

[06/07/18]   Trying to put a feeler out to see if anyone is interested in a ride out to Helen GA Saturday morning maybe head out around 0830ish.

JOSEPH ALLEN POWER FUNERAL

Joseph's final journey to his final resting place in Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC escorted by Abbeville Post 2 Am Legion Riders on 17 May 2018. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace.

ROLLING THUNDER (CONTINUATION)

ROLLING THUNDER RIDE INTO WASH, DC 27 MAY 2018 THEN HEADED HOME RIGHT AFTERWARDS. HEAVY RAIN FELL VERY LUCKY NOT TO HAVE MISHAPS. THANK GOD.

ROLLING THUNDER, 27 MAY 2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON IN FAIRFAX HAD A PARADE AND GUEST SPEAKERS, FAIRFAX MAYOR, WW II VETERAN, ETC. DAY WAS VERY WARM. AFTERWARDS STAGED ON HWY 50.

27 MAY 2018, ROLLING THUNDER DAY. STARTED OUT A 4 A.M TO POST 177 IN FAIRFAX, HAD BREAKFAST, THEN LINED UP ON HWY 50 THEN TO PENTAGON, THEN DOWN TO THE WASH DC MALL THEN HEADED HOME. TORRENTIAL RAIN CAME DOWN AT TIMES UNABLE TO SEE. VERY HAPPY THAT WE MADE IT HOME SAFELY. GOD WAS LOOKING OUT FOR US. HAD A GREAT TIME AND ALSO GOT TO VISIT WITH MY BROTHER.

ROLLING THUNDER PART III I WILL TRY TO COPY VIDEO MADE.

Continuation of Rolling Thunder I.

Abbeville Post 2 Am Legion Riders who attended Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC from 24 - 28 May 2018. Those in attendance were Jon & Terry Taylor, Sam & Angie McCord, Rob Phillips, Mike Culbreth, Ben Taylor & Girlfriend Taylor & Rick & Jenny Jackson. The pics below are from Day 2 as I was not able to take photos as I was Chase Vehicle Driver. Weather was nice. First pics are of hotel in Danville, VA., then Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden, VA, then Post 177 in Fairfax, VA & finally Vietnam Wall Night vigil. I made video but unable to post it.

National American Legion Riders

‪#LegionFamily entering Arlington National Cemetery for wreath laying at Civil War Unknowns tomb. #LegionRiders #MemorialDayWeekend2018 #RollingThunder ‬

2018 SC State Legacy Ride, Day 2, 22 Apr 2018 Overnite was in Florence, then Chapin Post then ending in Columbia, SC at State Capitol steps.

SC State Legacy Ride on 21 Apr 2018 at different stops continuation

SC State Legacy Ride, 21 & 22 Apr 2018, Post 2 had 8 bikes participate. Beautiful weather, with a little rain on the way back home, but not bad. Lucky for me, I rode on Chase Vehicle with Terry Simmons. Great to see friends from other posts and meet new ones. Hopefully everyone returned home without any incidents. Thanks Jon Taylor for being Group 2 leader. Post 71, North Augusta was starting point.

Abbeville County Sheriff's Office

Save the Date:
April 5, 2018. We are having our 5th annual Public Safety Deer Supper. We look forward to great fellowship with our great citizens in Abbeville County. Please come out and enjoy great food and meet and greet the fine public safety personnel that proudly serve our community. See you there. Please Share!!!

5th Annual Public Safety
Deer Supper

April 5th, 2018
at
Abbeville County Clemson Extension Building
265 Industrial Park Rd, Abbeville, SC 29620

6:00pm

This event is FREE to the public…Everyone is Welcome!

Menu Includes:
BBQ
Come out & Deer Sausage
join us!!! Tenderloin
Chicken
Hash
**A variety of sides will be served!
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED

Sponsored By: Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office
City of Abbeville Police Dept.
Abbeville County Emergency Services
City of Abbeville Fire Dept.

Abbeville Am Legion Mtg 17 Mar 2018 at AVMF Bldg After mtg rode to Cold Springs Café for lunch.

I was asked about a flyer we could hand out.

Here is hotel info for state legacy ride.

Look at this hotel I found in South Carolina: https://www.choicehotels.com/SC306

2017 American Legion Legacy Run - Registration

https://www.legion.org/commander/videos/PL048E5F43D9D11C0E/k466tWsR8EE

This is the second year I am taking donations to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship on GoFundMe.com

https://www.gofundme.com/LegionRidersPost2

If you can spare, even a few dollars, you will make a lasting difference in a young person’s life.

Thank you

legion.org 2017 American Legion Legacy Run - Registration

Here is the plan for those going to Rolling Thunder.

Agenda for the weekend. Get registered and let us know which events you're planning to participate in.

[03/17/18]   ALR Post 2 will be riding to Maggie Valley on June 16-18. Hotel information will be coming soon.

[02/28/18]   ALR Post 2 will be leaving the Post at 10:30 am on Saturday. If you are riding, let us know. We need to be at Timms at 11:30 to get registered for the benefit ride

[02/25/18]   I would like to say "Thank You" to the American Legion, VFW & American Legion Riders-Post 2 of Abbeville & anyone else I am not aware of for the color guards, the bike escort, flag presentation, luncheon & the beautiful memorial ceremony for Frederick ( Butch) Karpinski. He believed if you belong to an organization you participate; if you're not going to participate, don't join. He was doing what he enjoyed; was with people he loved being with & doing what he loved to do, helping others. Would also like to thank Norm Slye for honoring Butch by riding his bike & leading the escort. Jon & Terry Taylor; Sam & Angie McCord & Theresa Mahafey for everything & the support during this time, couldn't have made it without you.

Upcoming Events

Butch's Last Ride and Memorial

[02/16/18]   Today the American Legion Riders will memorize their friend and brother (Butch Karpinsky) with a “last ride” and a tribute. The Riders (with Butch’s motorcycle and his remains in the lead) will leave Harris Funeral Home at 11:30 and arrive at the Foundation at noon.

If anyone would like to pay their respects, please arrive at 200 Long Branch Street Abbeville by 11:40am

Bunnell Funeral Home Inc.
179 E. Main St.
Millville, PA 17846
570-458-5031

Frederick “Butch” Karpinski, 71 of Abbeville, South Carolina and formerly of Millville passed away Monday February 12, 2018. He was born June 20, 1946 in Shamokin, a son of the late Edward and Sally (Meisner) Karpinski.
Butch graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and then joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, taking his grandchildren fishing, and tinkering in his garage.
Butch is survived by his companion Kay Knecht, four children; Debbie Young and fiancé Rod Coombs of Sweet Valley, David Buma wife Carla of Stillwater, Denise Vajda and husband Bob of Berwick, and Dennis Kuhar and wife Michelle of Bloomsburg, and nine grandchildren; Kyle, David, Danielle, Christopher, Victoria, Tammy, Danielle, Joey, and Vinny.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother Donald Karpinski, and his cousin who is considered his brother Barry Haupt.
A celebration of Butch’s life will be held Friday February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Bunnell Funeral Home Inc., 179 E. Main St., Millville with Pastor Robert Strozyk officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until time of service.
Family and friends may send online condolences to bunnellfuneralhome.com.

Abbeville American Legion Riders will hold a memorial at 200 Long Branch Abbeville at Noon on Friday. Everyone is invited.

We lost a brother today. Butch Karpinsky passed away as he was working with us on our building.

Although we had not know Butch for a long time, we grew to love him right away. Butch was always smiling and good for a laugh. If you were in a bad mood, he could change it in an instant.

Our love to Kay Knecht who he leaves behind along with his daughter, Debbie, in Pennsylvania.

We anticipate a motorcycle escort (Thursday or Friday) from Harris Funeral Home to the Abbeville Veterans Memorial Foundation 200 Long Branch Street, Abbeville, SC 29620 where a memorial service will be held. When details are finalized, this page will be updated.

A fellow ALR from Cumming Georgia bought a new bike that came with GPS so he is selling it for $150. If you’re interested, let me know.

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200 Long Branch St
Abbeville, SC
29620

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 02:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 13:00
Friday 08:00 - 02:00
Saturday 08:00 - 02:00
Sunday 08:00 - 02:00
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