Recently, members of an American Legion Riders group out of California were turned away from a San Diego restaurant when they were asked to remove their vests, and the group refused.

The ALR Post 328 in Norco were on a ride and decided to stop for a bite to eat. But the manager of Davina’s Cabo Grill and Cantina on Tremont Street in Oceanside, California restaurant’s policy to require members of any motorcycle group to remove their identifying vests when they enter the restaurant.

Okay, I get the fact that maybe the restaurant wants to make sure motorcycle gang colors are not displayed in the restaurant. But these guys are not a motorcycle gang. These are current or former US service members, many of whom have fought for this country.

The manager of the eatery said to allow the American Legion Riders to keep theirs on would have been discriminatory against members of other motorcycle groups. Do you think that other motorcycle groups would have a problem with the American Legion Riders wearing their vests, which identified them as members of the veterans service group?

I think this restaurant's policy is a slap in the face to all people who have served this fine country. In my opinion they have basically said. "Servicemen and women are not welcome in this establishment." Maybe they should put up a sign anyone who wears a US Military uniform may not eat there because it's discriminatory to anyone who has not served in the military.


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 service members and scholarships. Since 2006, AL -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.

I have close personal friends of mine who are members of the Norwich ALR who are also members who participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder"

I have ALR members who are also in the Patriot Guard Riders, who attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes. Showing their respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities and shielding the mourning family and their friends from any protestor or group of protestors.

Hey Davino's Crapo Grille, How about showing these people the respect they deserve? We are not talking Hell Angels or Pagans here, we are talking about American Heroes!

Your food probably sucked anyway!