American Legion Riders to make stop in Park Rapids on Saturday
American Legion Riders in Minnesota, a group formed to raise scholarship funds, will stop in Park Rapids on Saturday as part of the Minnesota Legacy Run. The Minnesota riders are traveling across the state to raise funds and contribute to a national fund, which awards scholarships to students who have lost a parent during active duty and are pursuing higher education. This weekend is the North Run, Aug. 7-9, and begins in Duluth.
The riders are scheduled to stop in Park Rapids Saturday, tentatively 9:15-10 a.m., at the American Legion. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship was created as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terror leaving many children of United States active duty military personnel in single-parent households. The funds raised will ensure that higher education will be a reality for these families. According to the Minnesota Legacy Scholarship Run website, an estimated 11,000 children nationally have lost a parent in the war, with that number continuing to grow.
The Minnesota riders raised $87,000 for the scholarship last year. The 2015 Minnesota run kicked off July 30 in New Ulm. The first weekend, known as the Not So North Run, raised $48,000 for the national fund.