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More than $335,000 raised on Legacy Run

More than 200 motorcyclists who raised more than $335,000 to cover education expenses for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on active duty fighting the war on terror arrived in Minneapolis today, capping a five-day, 1,225-mile ride.

The American Legion's sixth annual Legacy Run, comprised of American Legion Riders, started in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday and finished up at Richfield Post 435 in Minneapolis, the site of The American Legion's 93rd National Convention. The Run raises money for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college financial support for children of servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

"It's a great way to invest in the future of our country by ensuring a college education is possible for the children of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country," said American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster, who accompanied the riders on the Run and rode on a motorcycle for a portion of it. "When these riders get together, they have a can't-fail attitude. They're a very dedicated group, and they give us a venue for veterans we wouldn't otherwise have."

The riders brought donations with them to Indianapolis and collected more along the way, making stops in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Groups of people turned out along the way, gathering on highway overpasses and on street corners waving signs and U.S. flags in support of the Run.

"There's still a lot of pride out there," Foster said. "And people were very generous along the way."

In five years, the Legacy Run has raised more than $2 million for the Legacy Fund. More donations for this year's Run are expected to come in during the national convention.


  1. It was an awesome ride and a greater cause. This was my fourth one and it was definitely the most rewarding and enjoyable. As always the National Organization did a great job with logistics. I want to thank everyone that made us feel welcome on the trip. If any of you go to Manchester Tennessee, make sure you call the folks at Goldstar Post 78. They are some good people. Thanks to Bill Sloan, man even when you were dog tired you always smiled and did not complain.(at least not out loud). The people from Wisconsin you guys are way too much fun. It is probably illegal bit what the heck. Hope to se you all out here in Hawaii sometime. Aloha
  2. Bill Sloan: Thank you for putting me on your Logistics team when I arrived in Gaylord, Mi. Your confidence in me was unexpected. You are a great assert to the American Legion, and to the riders. It was quite a experience, since this was my first time with the Legacy Run, and I can say that being part of Logistics team was a fun filled four days. I learned a lot of things when you have to plot out a ride, and I know that it went as well as it could, you lead the group very well. I think it is great that we set a new "RE Fueling" record for 225 Bikes in 18 Minutes. You should be very proud of the way we all worked together. I put just under 2000 miles on my bike by the time I got home, without any problems. I tried to talk my younger brother into it, but he did not want to go, what a great experience he missed, and for a great cause! Thanks again. "TOMKAT"
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