SOUTH DAKOTA — The American Legion Centennial Ride, which began in Texas Wednesday and in North Dakota today, includes scheduled stops at 60 American Legion posts along the route, a wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Oklahoma, and other appearances along the 1,875-mile route. “Legacy and Vision” is the theme of The American Legion 100th Anniversary Observance Committee.
The American Legion Centennial Ride through the heart of the nation passes along the American Legion Memorial Highway, U.S. Highway 281, Aug. 2 and includes stops at 13 local American Legion posts in South Dakota. Motorcycling veterans will carry one half of a banner as part of “Team Legacy” toward Great Bend, Kan., where it will be joined with “Team Vision,” which is making a similar ride with its half of the banner from the Texas/Mexico border.
The Black Hills Chapter of the American Legion Riders will ride the South Dakota leg of a four-day American Legion Ride across the nation on U.S. Highway 281 designated as the national American Legion Memorial Highway on March 30, 1960. Participating riders from the Black Hills Chapter are South Dakota American Legion State Commander Fred Nelson, Spearfish Auxiliary Micheline Nelson, Spearfish Legion Post Scott Hanson, and American Legion Riders State Liaison Buck DeWeese, who are traveling to Aberdeen to meet the North Dakota delegation at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Along the way, Legion Riders will visit local posts, collect proclamations, resolutions, and messages of congratulations for the 100th birthday of the nation’s largest U.S. veterans organization.
More than 1,000 American Legion posts operate in communities large and small within 20 miles of U.S. Highway 281, which passes through rural deserts, high plains, urban cities, small towns, cattle country, farm fields, and Fort Sill, Okla.
The assembled banner, signed by post commanders along the route, will be presented to American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad onstage at the 101st American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis in late August.
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