Legacy riders

American Legion Riders stop at Belding veterans park during annual Legacy Run

Wheeling into the city of Belding on Sunday afternoon, Jerry “Mouse” Lundquist and dozens of motorcycle bikers found themselves surrounded by the love and support of a community that the majority had not visited before in the past.

“When I joined the military service, it was post-Vietnam and nobody really liked us,” said Lundquist, a spokesperson for the American Legion Rider’s Michigan Legacy Run. “To see it change from that to where it is now, where we see these people actually appreciate us. We don’t do it for the appreciation, but we appreciate that people aren’t spitting on us and stuff like that. We don’t make the decision to go into war. Somebody’s got to defend the country.”

ABATE promoting motorcycle safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Many motorcycle advocacy groups around the world use the slogan, “Look Twice — Save a Life. Motorcycles Are Everywhere.”

ABATE of Michigan Inc. is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to preserving motorcyclist’s rights and promoting safe operating practices of all Michigan motorcyclists. ABATE (American Bikers Advocating Training & Education) has been fighting for motorcyclists’ rights in Michigan since 1975.