The American Legion Riders Run
The 2012 American Legion Riders Run | The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund
The American Legion Motorcycle Riders, a.k.a. Legion Riders, are a giving organization acknowledged for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children’s hospitals, schools, veteran’s homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. On Wednesday, August 22nd, hundreds of riders from all across the country united at American Legion Post 396. The 400 sum riders were on the second leg of the three-day American Legion Riders Legacy Run from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Indianapolis, Indiana, where they stopped for a chance to visits the motorcycle group’s birthplace.
“When they mapped out the ride, it’s different each year, and the planning committee thought it was only logical to come and visit the place where it all started,” said Fang Wong, American Legion national commander.
“It’s a big deal, a very big deal, The American Legion Riders want to see where it all began,” said Pat Squires, Garden City mayor pro tem and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. “It’s an honor for us. We’re busting our buttons over this.”
This year’s 2012 Legacy Run marks the Legion Riders seventh year that they have done the Legacy Run. The Legacy Run started after 9/11 and raises money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund was established to ensure that the children of those heroes who have lost their lives during active duty will have the opportunity to attend college. It is estimated that over 11,000 children have lost a parent in the war overseas. That number continues to grow each day. The American Legion is actively working to ensure that all those children who want a post-secondary education will have that opportunity. The Legion Motorcycle Riders were served lunch upon their arrival in Fort Wayne, Ind. and watched as donations rose to more than $40,600, including $8,200 from the Garden City post.
“This was awesome, they did a great job,” said Jan Scott of North Pole. “It’s the best I’ve seen so far.”
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