|American Legion Post 305, Caledonia,
9546 Cherry Valley
Telephone Number 616-891-1882
|American Legion Legacy Fund Run 2016
On August 20th seven hardy souls from the Post set out for Indianapolis IN for the 11th Annual Legacy Ride. The American Legion
Legacy Fund, started in 2002, to provide collage scholarships for children of parents who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The
American Legion Riders, ALR, began nine years ago riding to Legion National headquarters in Indianapolis and over a period of a
week rode to the host city for the American Legion National Convention. The purpose of which to collect monies for the fund. The
total $9,584,287 raised from all sources from 2002 to 2015, approximately $5,500,000 (58 percent) was directly generated by post and
department ALR programs. Significantly, a major portion of the ALR donations are now the result of a growing number of
department "state-wide" Legacy Runs planned and conducted by the departments and posts.
Between what was raised on the National Commander’s Ride – which started in Indianapolis on Aug. 17, traveled through Indiana,
Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, W. Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and then ended in Charlotte NC Aug. 21 – and
donations made in during The American Legion National Convention – a total of $1 million was raised to fund college scholarships
for the children of U.S. Service members killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
The Minnesota American Legion donated $148,367 in Cincinnati, while the Missouri American Legion contributed $90,834.
Additional donations came from the Florida American Legion ($72,480), the South Carolina American Legion ($53,400) and the
Wisconsin American Legion ($48,000).
|On Saturday Aug. 20th, the boys and gal arrive at Post 64 in Indianapolis IN for the pre-run and sign up. That evening the Post
served the group with dinner and donations were presented to the National Commander from various Post around the nation. All 50
states were represented. On the trip were Chuck Clark, Ed Harmon, Wally Brodock, Doug Mills, Bill White, Julee and Dennis
Peterson. The following day, Sunday Aug. 21st the group formed up in Post 64's parking lot to begin the 2016 Legacy Ride. Stops
were made at several locations during the week as indicated on the maps below. Approxamently 1300 miles were driven on the run.
|While riding down the expressways we were greeted with thoughts of others in our united cause.
|Just some of the many Post we stopped
|New friends were made and Julee Peterson even ran into a fellow basic trainee. Bill White
presented a check to the National Commander Dale Barnett for $1,400.00 towards the Legacy
Fund on behalf of Post 305.
|Stops were made at several locations, with local participation in
dedications to memorials.
|2016 Legacy Run
For more information and pictures go to the
American Legion Site.
|A Final Toast
To Good Friends, a Safe Trip
and Remembering our fellow
rider Al Jousma.