The American Motorcyclist Association offers a salute of respect and gratitude this Veterans Day to the legions of U.S. veterans who have served this country in times of peace, in times of strife and in times of war.
“As the busy end-of-year holiday season quickly approaches, it is appropriate to set aside a day to reflect on the great service and sacrifice our military veterans have made on behalf of our nation,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “We at the AMA extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who so bravely served our country and to their families, who supported them during their service.”
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, marks the end of fighting in World War I. On Nov. 11, 1918, a temporary cessation of hostilities went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany, seven months before the war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. In 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Military personnel have a long history of involvement with motorcycles, during their enlistments and after discharge.
In perhaps the earliest use of motorcycles in battle, the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. supplied motorcycles to the U.S. military when Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing fought Pancho Villa at the Mexican border in 1916.
After World War II, veterans united to form civilian motorcycle clubs, some of which continue to this day.
The military use of motorcycles has continued unabated through the years and into the modern era. Manufacturers are still producing military models of motorcycles featuring technological advances.
The AMA proudly counts many veterans among its members and veterans’ groups among its sanctioned clubs.
One way the AMA demonstrates its commitment to veterans and its respect for their selfless service is by offering the military affinity membership card. Those joining the AMA or renewing their memberships may select the military affinity card online at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.