|Start Date:||Aug 18th, 2006|
|End Date:||Aug 22nd, 2006|
|Address:||700 N. Pennsylvania|
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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American Legion Riders to Honor Military
INDIANAPOLIS (Mar 13, 2006) - Imagine hundreds of motorcycle riders on bikes of all shapes, sizes and colors roaring across the Midwest, over the great plains, the Rockies, and the deserts of Utah enroute to Salt Lake City. Now imagine if these bikers were wartime era veterans riding 1,700 miles to make possible a college education for the children of those who have died defending our freedoms since September 11, 2001.
The national commander of The American Legion, Tom Bock, will lead the American Legacy Run to raise money for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Their destination? The 88th Annual National American Legion Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah that convenes on August 29, 2006.
According to Bock, the American Legacy Scholarship Fund is one way to show the Legion’s deep appreciation for those who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
“As an unfortunate consequence of America’s war on terror, many children of our active-duty military personnel are now members of single-parent families,” Bock said. “In most cases, this also means their chances to attend college have greatly diminished. Children of military personnel who die on active duty are entitled to receive some money toward a college education, but it is not enough.”
The riders’ goal is to raise $100,000 for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund.
“We are raising funds to ensure that higher education will be a reality for these families,” Bock said. “Providing for the children our military personnel left behind is our civic duty, and an education is a powerful way to show our thanks.”
The American Legacy Run will kick off near the Legion’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis on the evening of August 17, 2006. Riders from the east coast and the Midwest will join for a fundraising rally sponsored by The American Legion Riders of Indiana.
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On the morning of August 18th, Bock and the riders will depart and head west to Illinois, and will proceed along I-70 through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, north along I-25 from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and then west along I-80 to Salt Lake City.
Bock encourages riders from all points in the United States to join the ride either in Indianapolis or along the route to Salt Lake City. All veterans are welcome.
“The Legacy Run will stop along the way for venues arranged by Legion Posts or American Legion Riders chapters along the route,” Bock said. Plans include visits to sites such as Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and other military installations of historical significance to veterans.
American Legion Riders along the route will play an important role, helping plan refueling stops, coordinating with local law enforcement, and escorting the American Legacy Run caravan. American Legion Riders, or any veterans interested in registering for the ride will receive the Run patch as well as a special map book with travel information to include routes, scheduled stops, timetables, daily maps, and checkpoint locations.
Bock will stop in every state for promotional events and to collect donations from riders, American Legion family members and business communities along the way. A small delegation of American Legion Riders will formally present the national donations for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund directly to Bock onstage at the National Convention.
Bock also asks American Legion Posts and riders from all over the country to conduct a fundraising effort on behalf of The American Legacy Scholarship Fund. Materials and information tailored specifically for rider fundraising are available from The American Legion at the contact listed below.
Registration information will soon be available at www.americanlegacyrun.org. All who register will receive a souvenir map book, vest patch, and proof of registration for their vehicle. The national commander encourages all interested veterans to register, whether or not they wish to participate in the American Legacy Run itself.
The registration fees, not donations, will offset the costs of the American Legacy Run. Every additional dollar donated to the American Legacy Scholarship Fund will go directly to educating a fallen comrade’s son or daughter.
For more information, contact Bill Sloan, national liaison, American Legion Riders
Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-630-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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