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Legion Legacy riders stopping in Morris on Aug. 2

MORRIS, Minn. -- The American Legion Legacy motorcycle riders will be in Morris on Friday, Aug. 2 to raise money for scholarships for children of servicemen and women killed in recent conflicts and wars or killed while on active duty, even in the United States, if the death occurred after Sept 11, 2001.

The riders are due at the Legion Post headquarters at about 1:15 p.m. for lunch. Last year the Minnesota riders collected nearly $41,000, the most of any state.

It is estimated that 11,000 children have lost a parent in the wars overseas. Thus the Legion is determined to ensure they will be able to get a post-secondary education.

There is now $5.7 million in the trust fund, with the interest used for scholarships. Last year nearly $50,000 was given in scholarships to 18 students. Since the Legacy Scholarship fund was started, over $291,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 99 students.

The Legion would like to raise $20 million so that the interest will continue to provide scholarships for all those eligible. Students may first apply during their senior year in high school. Applications are available at the American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Anyone interested in the Legion Riders and the Legacy fund should stop by the American Legion at Pacific Avenue and Fifth Street on Friday, Aug. 2.