Legion riders raise money for scholarship funds
The roar of motorcycles will fill the air in central and western Kansas June 8-11 as the American Legion Riders take to the highways for the 3rd Annual Kansas Legacy Run, to raise awareness and support for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund.
While only in its third year, the Kansas Legacy Run is patterned after the nationwide American Legion Legacy Run that draws riders from all 50 states as well as Great Britain.
Kansas has joined Florida, Minnesota, Virginia and other states that conduct “in-state” runs to support the fund. The national Legacy Run is preparing for its 12th year, having traveled tens of thousands of miles through much of the U.S.
“That is what the Legacy Runs are all about – it’s for the children of the fallen in Kansas, and nationwide. Keeping the promise for their future education,” American Legion Rider Brenda Krueger said. “We are in this together and your support and encouragement – whether standing on the corner as we pass, waving the American Flag or donating what you can at stops – it’s all about the support of a needed cause.”
The American Legion is a veterans organization helping veterans, their families and their communities. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund has been set up to do just that, helping with the rising cost of a secondary education for the children of active duty service members that died on or after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the children of veterans who are 50 percent or more disabled. The goal is to raise $20 million.
The Run departs Thursday, June 8, from Great Bend’s American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave, with “Kickstands Up” at 8 a.m. The run will stop in Hays at the VFW post at 9:20 a.m, and in Phillipsburg for a wreath laying at 11 a.m. The riders continue to Norton for a lunch stop, then on to Oberlin for a wreath laying at the veterans cemetery at 2 p.m. and on to Colby for the last stop of the day at 4 p.m.
Day 2 begins with departure from Colby at 7:30 a.m. and arriving at Tribune for a wreath laying at the Greeley County Veterans Memorial at 9:30 a.m. The Run will travel to Scott City, Garden City, Lakin, Ulysses, Sublette and Liberal. Day 3 the riders will travel to Meade, Coldwater, Greensburg, Kinsley, Jetmore, Fort Dodge National Cemetery and Dodge City Post 47.
The final day of the run departs from Dodge City at 8 a.m. for a ride through the Fort Dodge Soldiers Home, and then on Mullinville for a wreath laying at 9 a.m. The run proceeds to Pratt for a fuel stop at noon, and then South Hutchinson for a wreath laying at the newly completed Veterans Memorial. From there the riders head to Newton for the final stop of the Run at 1 p.m. At Newton, the final money turn-ins are received, and the total funds raised will be announced.
American Legion posts and the public are encouraged to present donations to the fund, which in turn will be presented on behalf of the Kansas American Legion on the National Legacy Run in August. The public is encouraged to gather at the stops to show support and patriotism.
For more information on the fund, visit www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy, and www.legion.org to learn more about the American Legion.