Minnesota American Legion Riders to stop in Little Falls during legacy run

The Minnesota American Legion Riders will stop in Little Falls during the fifth annual Minnesota Legacy Run to support the American Legion Legacy Scholarship program.

The six-day Minnesota Legacy run will be completed in two weekend runs. The second of the runs will start at the Little Falls American Legion, Friday, Aug. 8, before heading on a northern run and down to the Coon Rapids American Legion, Aug. 10.

About 30 riders are expected to start from Little Falls. The Little Falls Legion Auxiliary will prepare a free breakfast for the riders and the Legion Post and Sons of the American Legion (SAL) are expected to give a donation to the charity.

Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Little Falls Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem are expected guests between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. that day.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund was set up to ensure that military service children who are suddenly in single-parent homes since Sept. 11, 2001, are able to attend higher education institutions to complete their education. It is estimated there are 10,000 children that fit this description.

The goal is to raise $25 million to ensure all service kids who have lost a parent hae the option of pursuing post-secondary education without having to worry about where the funds will come from. About $145,970 has been distributed since 2004 and the need is expected to continued.

The American Legion Riders was formed in the fall of 1993 in Garden City, Mich., as a means to provide an atmosphere where Post, Auxiliary and SAL members who share an enthusiasm for motorcycles could come together in a family-oriented environment. Its objective is to support the aims and purposes of the American Legion through service to community, state and nation.