It will be a test of their strength – riding over 1,200 miles in five days. They’re the Legion Riders. Over 300 of them will leave Indianapolis this Sunday. Among them are three North Carolinians.
This endurance ride raises money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. It provides education aid for the children of U.S. service members killed on active duty on or after September, 11, 2001. “It is estimated that around 11,000 children have lost a parent in the war overseas,” according to the American Legion. For more information on the American Legion or its riders, go to: http://www.legion.org.
Now, in its fifth run, riders have raised nearly $1.5 million. This year’s goal is $450,000. In the few days remaining before the run, riders are packing up rain gear, sunglasses, do-rags, tools, maps, boots, vests and flag. As the Legion Rider song goes: “We’re the Legion Riders, we ride as one; Remember the fallen, honor them all.”