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American Legion's annual fundraiser ride makes stop in Pueblo

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American Legion members from all around the country ride motorcycles into Pueblo Saturday as part of a big fundraising effort to raise scholarship money for children of post 9/11 fallen soldiers and disabled veterans.

The Legacy Run started 12 years ago as a fundraising ride before the American Legion's National Convention. Since the Run's inception it's provided 268 scholarships and raised over one million dollars. 

A full police escort for hundreds of American Legion riders as the headed into the Convention Center in downtown Pueblo.

"The American legion has been serving veterans since 1919 as well as their families and serving America," said Charles Schmidt the National Commander of the American Legion.

Riders from all different states met at Fort Dodge in Kansas to embark on the multi-day Legacy Run that will end in Reno, Nevada.

"They take the time to ride for these young folks," said Schmidt.

Raising scholarship money for children of post 9/11 soldiers that have died or disabled veterans. Some of the members in attendance have seen the scholarships help their own families.

"My brother-in-law was killed in Iraq in 2005 and my niece actually used funds from the legacy run so she is now a veterinary tech in York, Pennsylvania, said Terri Clinton the Colorado Commander of the American Legion, "So to me it's personal."

The Legion presents a wreath for the fallen veterans in Pueblo and pays respect to the record amount of Medal of Honor recipients per capita from one city. 

"Everytime I hear taps," said Clinton, "Especially having been at Arlington and buried my brother-in-law. It's just a total feeling of honor and respect."

The riders then headed to Legion Post 2 in Pueblo, celebrating before the next leg of the Legacy Run,"We are not the bar filled lounge with veterans telling war stories," said Clinton, "We're out there in our communities and we're out there doing a lot of good for veterans and their family's."

Sunday the Legacy Run will make another Colorado stop in Grand Junction. This year's National Convention in Reno will be a big event, it marks the first time the American Legion will have a female National Commander.

To learn more about the American Legion and how you can join a local post you can find more information here.  

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