American legion riders in Kansas ride to raise money for legacy fund scholarships
Raised more than $1,ooo,ooo nationally last year
PITTSBURG, Ks. — Many motorcyclists are on the road during the summer months, but one group of riders is out there with one goal in mind.
“I know a lot of families and some of the soldiers that were lost and to know them and the struggles they go through to put their kids through college and it’s just an honor to ride for them.”
Dave Schoonover is one of 60 legion riders from posts around Kansas who is riding in the annual American Legion Legacy Run.
It raises money for the legacy fund which provides scholarships to children of post 9-11 veterans who died on active duty.
“We’re one big family and this is from us to them and to show you know a little bit of thank you for the sacrifices that the families had to make” said Schoonover.
The Kansas legion riders raised more than $22,000 during the legacy run last year and are hoping to exceed that this year.
“People are generous I mean people walk up to you at gas stations and fuel stop and give you 50 dollars and 20 dollars, one guy emptied his wallet out and gave it to us, it wasn’t much but you know it all adds up and for the children of fallen soldiers it’s well worth it” Schoonover added.
It’s a four-day journey that starts at post 4 in Wichita and ends at post 81 in El Dorado.
The riders made a pit stop at legion post 64 in Pittsburg before finishing the run.
“It’s a great thing and I think if we keep it up, and we’ll help as many families as we can” said Post Commander, Robert Munson.
The national ride takes place in Florida in August, where the money raised will be delivered to the commander there.
“Just to know that we can step up and help them because a lot of them struggle you know day to day and if we can help the children out that’s one less burden they have to think about you know” added Schoonover.
Last year, over 1 million dollars was raised nationally.
The riders also stopped at veteran memorials along the way to lay wreaths down and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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