The sound of revving motorcycles will be in abundance on Aug. 12 as American Legion Riders participating in the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Legacy Run will be passing through Garden City, and area residents are encouraged to welcome and thank the riders for their service.
Jim Arwine, judge advocate for the Harry H. Renick American Legion Post 9 in Garden City, said 300 to 400 riders participating in the 1,300-mile, four-state journey will be passing through the area.
“The Legacy Run is one of the largest multi-state, cross-country motorcycle events in the United State, with many riders traveling from across the country to join the ride,” he said.
The Legacy Scholarship offers money to children of military service members who died while on active duty following 9/11, as well as children of post-9/11 veterans who are 50 percent disabled. Since its inception in 2002, more than $12 million has been raised.
In past years, the run started at the American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis, and from there, to wherever the national convention was being held that year. This year, the run will originate from the Fort Dodge Soldiers Home in Kansas and travel to Reno, Nev., for the 99th annual staging of the convention, Arwine said.
The riders will leave Fort Dodge at 8 a.m. Aug. 12, traveling west on U.S. Highway 50 and arriving in Garden City at about 9 a.m.
The group will turn right off of Fulton Street to Campus Drive and head north to the bypass and turn west.
Arwine and the local American Legion are encouraging area residents to participate in welcoming the riders and thanking them for the their service as they pass through Garden City.
Harry H. Renick American Legion Post 9 will form flag lines on Fulton Street and along Campus Drive near Garden City Community College and the First Assembly of God Church, and local Boy Scout troops will stand in flag lines.
Some flags will be available for residents to use, though residents are encouraged to bring their own.
“If people show up, we’ll issue them a flag,” Arwine said. “Or they can just honk their horns on the street or wave.”
Arwine said the exact number of riders is unknown, though 300 is expected with more to join along the way.
“This will be the only stop in Kansas that’s made on this trip,” he said. “They will have a cleanup and rescue crew that travels behind the entourage in case they have bike breakdowns. They will be able to assist them in that.”
Arwine said the riders will not be stopping in Garden City, just passing through, but they will stop at about 9:30 a.m. at the Love’s convenience store in Holcomb for fuel and rest. When passing through Garden City, the riders will be escorted by Garden City police motorcycle patrol officers.
The riders will stop in Holcomb for about an hour while fueling, so area residents interested in visiting with them will have time to do so. American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt and local Legion Commander Donna Hernandez and other local Legion members will be at Love's during the stop.
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