|American Legion Post 305, Caledonia,
9546 Cherry Valley
Telephone Number 616-891-1882
|American Legion Legacy Fund Run 2018
This year members Dennis and Julee Peterson, Ed Harmon and Bill White represented our Post to the National Convention in
Minneapolis MN. Ed is seen below presenting a check to National American Legion Commander Denise H Rohan for $2,200.00 towards
the American Legion Legacy Fund.
On August 15th and 16th four hardy souls from the Post set out for Hutchinson Kansas for the 13th Annual Legacy Ride. The American
Legion Legacy Fund, started in 2002, to provide collage scholarships for children of parents who were killed or have over 50% disability
while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The American Legion Riders, ALR, began 13 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. As of August 28th the
American Legion Riders have donated $1,256,930.43 to the Legacy Fund for this year.
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|On August 19th the 13th Annual American Legion Riders Legacy Run began at Post 68 in Hutchinson Kansas. The
pictures below are of the Post Home, parking lot with over 300 motorcycles and a picture of the American Flag that
was made in France after WWI to cover the graves of American soldiers. After 150 of the flags were made, it was
realized that the stars were gold. The French felt that would be the proper color for the stars due to American's Gold
Star families. It was stopped and changed to white stars. The picture to the right is of a group of school children being
told about the history of the flag.
|On August 20th we started the day in Independence Missouri Post 21. We traveled to the Remington Nature Center in
St. Joesph, MO. After which we went on to Post 100 in Maryville MO for lunch. The day ended at Post 1 in Spencer
|On August 21st before leaving Spencer Iowa we stopped at their cemetery for a short memorial ceremony and wreath
laying. Then it was on to Spirit Lake Iowa to the Indian Motorcycle Factory for tours. Thereafter to the local VA with
gifts of needed supplies as well as gifts for Operation Comfort Warriors. From there we proceeded to Albert Lea
Minnesota Post 56 with the first stop at the local cemetery for a short memorial ceremony and wreath laying. Then to
the Post for a fine lunch. It was a surprising and moving experience riding into town as we were welcomed by the entire
town and totally blocked out their main street. A beautiful town. After lunch it was on to our final stop of the day at
Post 91 in Austin Minnesota.
|On August 22nd We all gathered at the local fairgrounds in Austin for the next leg of the journey. It was on to
Rochester Minnesota where a memorial ceremony and wreath laying took place at their Veterans Memorial. From
there it was on to Post 336 in Onalaska Wisconsin. Post 336 put on an overwhelmingly awesome welcome with bands
and fabulous evening meal. After dinner National American Legion Commander Denise H. Rohan excepted donations
from Post's across the country towards the American Legion Legacy Fund. National Commander Denise Rohan
excepts checks from Ed Harmon for a total of $2,200.00. $300 each-Legion, Auxiliary and SAL. The ALR gave $500
and Ed Harmon was able to solicit an additional $800.
|Please find below a overview of our ride.