July 8, 2020

We Will Never Forget: Whittemore American Legion Riders Salute Those Who Served

Whittemore Legion Riders

Holding flag l to r: William C. Elbert, Craig Brownell.
Back row, left to right: Lee Elbert, Michael Zimmerman, Ronald Waldero, Terry Froehlich, Stuart Simonson.

While there are plenty of poker runs and bike nights across Iowa each summer, members of the Whittemore American Legion Riders Post 425 rally for a different reason.

“We’re not a motorcycle club,” said Mick Zimmerman, a U.S. Army veteran from Whittemore. “We’re members of the American Legion family who share a passion for serving and riding.”

Established in 2009, the Whittemore American Legion Riders honor veterans from local American Legion posts who reside in area care centers. “We try to organize a ride to the care centers once a month from May to October, usually on a Saturday afternoon,” said Chris Zinnel from Swea City, a U.S. Army veteran and Iowa Air National Guard staff sergeant who serves as president of the Whittemore American Legion Riders.

Up to 30 or more people (including women motorcyclists) participate in the rides, which have traveled to West Bend, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Armstrong, Bancroft, Titonka, and Algona. “Our veterans signed a blank check that said they’d pay with their lives to serve our country, and we want to thank them for their service,” said Zimmerman, a retired Bancroft post master who rides a 2005 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail®.

The Whittemore American Legion Riders currently have 31 members, and each person must be a member of the American Legion family through the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, or the American Legion Auxiliary.

“It’s not a requirement to join the Seely-Walsh Post 425 in Whittemore,” noted Stuart Simonson, senior vice president of Farmers State Bank in Whittemore. “We welcome anyone from other area posts who would like to belong to the Whittemore American Legion Riders.”

In addition, anyone can participate in the group’s monthly rides. All vehicles are welcome, added Zimmerman, who sometimes drives his 1940 Chevrolet pickup in the rides. “We want to include anyone who is willing to take the time to remember our veterans.”

 

Ready to ride?

Contact Chris Zinnel (712-260-6664), Mick Zimmerman (515-320-1406), or Stuart Simonson (515-320-0779) for more details.

 

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