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Legion Riders hit road for Legacy Fund

Posted: April 24, 2013 - 12:08pm
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The American Legion Riders of South Carolina leave American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta to begin the second day of the second annual Legacy Fund Run, which raises money to provide scholarships for children whose parents have died while on active duty since the Sept. 11 attacks, on Sunday morning, April 21, 2013. The riders raised $58,000 last year. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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The American Legion Riders of South Carolina leave American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta to begin the second day of the second annual Legacy Fund Run, which raises money to provide scholarships for children whose parents have died while on active duty since the Sept. 11 attacks, on Sunday morning, April 21, 2013. The riders raised $58,000 last year. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

Over the course of two days, the American Legion Riders of South Carolina rode more than 600 miles throughout the state enjoying each others company, the scenery and raising money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the fund has provided scholarships for children of service members killed while on active duty.

Now in its second year, the American Legacy Fund Run began Saturday in Little River, S.C., and the motorcyclists went through Hemingway, Sumter and into North Augusta.

Sunday morning, participants gathered at American Legion Post 71 in North Au-gusta to start the second day of the run, which took them to Greenville, Rock Hill and Columbia, where they held a rally ending the run.

Last year, American Le-gion Riders of South Carolina raised about $58,000 for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

“It gives us a warm feeling,” said Post 71 Legion Riders director Rex Bell. “We’re helping veterans and helping kids. Kids are our future. It means a lot when they come back years later and tell you, ‘I got my start because of the American Legion’.”

About 70 bikers participated with seven of them coming from Post 71, said Bell.

The fund is a great way to honor the fallen, said Walt Richardson of American Legion Post 193 in Chapin.

“We can give no greater honor than to educate their children,” he said.

Those interested in contributing to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund can contact Rex Bell at (706) 799-9769 for more information.

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