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The American Legion Legacy Run

Indianapolis - Louisville
August 18-23, 2009

Riding for the children of fallen heroes.

An online gathering of American Legion Riders and others interested in the annual American Legion Legacy Run. Click on the "Post a Comment" link following the articles below and join in the discussion!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009



We plan to depart Jacksonville Florida, Clarence Hill’s home post Wednesday, August 19th , Stop in Charlotte, NC, depart Charlotte August 20th arrive Charleston, WV (meet the Legacy Ride) Depart August 21st arrive Louisville, Ky (spend the weekend) Depart Monday August 24th arrive Chattanooga, Tn, Depart 25th Chattooga and head for Florida. We have a local Post hosting us in NC and TN, anyone interested please contact Mike Amig at 904-742-0841 or for details.

Mike Amig

ALR Florida

904.742.0841 (c)


IAW the last newsletter, I am sending you and the team an update on how our group (ALR Southern Virginia Chapter) is getting to Indy. Anyone who wants to join along the way is welcome.
15 Aug- Depart Midlothian, VA at 0800. Ride Route 60 all the way across Virginia and most of the way across West Virginia, until we reach Charleston. Take I77 north to Parkersburg, WV for overnight and to meet any riders coming from northern Virginia.
16 Aug- start out on route 50 across Ohio, switch to route 35 at Chillicoate, then take that all the way to I70 west. We'll take I70 into Indianapolis.
These are great roads, and the Interstate riding is kept to a minimum. We had a blast riding this route last year, and the overnight in Parkersburg was a lot of fun, as well. Anyone wishing to contact me regarding a linkup, or finding the Econlodge in Parkersburg, please feel free to email me at

Post 284
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Motorcycle Endorsements a must!

For safety reasons, the American Legion Legacy Run registration staff will check for proper motorcycle endorsements on participants operators' licenses before issuing the Legacy Run bracelets on registration day, August 17, at Post 64. Don't be caught short! Make sure your license has the proper motorcycle endorsement (if required by your state) before traveling to Indianapolis.

(While you're at it, make sure your license isn't expired, either!)

Indiana's motorcycle endorsement, for example, is an "M" typed front and back on the state driver's license showing successful completion of a motorcycle skills test or course. Other state's requirements and documentation may differ.

As a reminder, every participant is required to be legally licensed and in compliance with all state motorcycle operation and insurance requirements in their home states.

Registration total now up to 160 machines and 30 passengers as of today (Apr 28, 2009). I'm adding more lodging in every city. Will announce rooms here and on


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Troops wished Godspeed on mission

By Jared Felkins
The Times-Journal
Fort Payne, Alabama
Published April 21, 2009

Friends, family and Fort Payne faithful wished the soldiers of the 1343rd Chemical Co. godspeed Tuesday as they left in buses headed to Texas and eventually Kuwait.

“We don’t say, ‘We support the troops, but…’” said Randy Owen, who sang the National Anthem before the deployment ceremony Tuesday at the Fort Payne Armory. “We say, ‘We support the troops and their families.’ If you need anything, we are there for you.”

A large crowd of friends, family and local, state and national officials gathered as about 130 troops were lined in attention to witness the morning ceremony.

“As each of you plan to deploy to Kuwait, it’s an honor to be with you to recognize your contributions,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt. “Protecting our country is something we take very seriously in Congress. You are what makes this nation great, and we will never forget that.”

The troops took a tour of Fort Payne on buses before entering Interstate 59. In Gadsden, the troops met up with about 95 other soldiers also deploying on Tuesday. From there, the National Guard soldiers head to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas before heading to the Kuwait boarder with Iraq in mid-July. The troops will offer security to convoys while deployed.

“We have the best leaders and the best soldiers in the Alabama National Guard standing before you today,” said Battalion Cmdr. Alan Nayhem. “But the real heroes are the family members.”

Many speakers, soldiers and officials, stressed community support for family members who wished their loved ones goodbye and godspeed.

“I’d like to tell you how proud I am of this group of soldiers,” said Capt Jess Howard. “The next year will be tough on you, but remember it is only a year. To the family members, be your soldiers’ rock of support.”

Fort Payne Mayor Bill Jordan told the soldiers and their families he understood the personal sacrifices each one was making.

“We salute you and wish you the best of luck,” Jordan said.

The American Legion Riders, directed by former company member Randy Ray, led the soldiers to Birmingham on motorcycles.

“All of these who have worn these colors have been there,” Ray said. “We want to support them. We want to give them a send off.”

Between the ceremony and time when troops boarded buses, they had a few hours to say goodbye to family and friends.

“God willing in 11-12 months from now we will be standing right back here in Fort Payne, Alabama,” said Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

2009 Legacy Run Lodging Information

The American Legion Legacy Run planners have negotiated favorable room rates with the following properties at each nightly stop. To reserve your rooms, have a major credit card ready and ask for Legacy Run room rates on the dates indicated. Rooms reserved after the cutoff dates shown above may be available at higher price.

Sunday, Aug. 16 - Monday, Aug. 17, 2009:

La Quinta Inn (Legacy Run Hdqrs Hotel)
Indianapolis Airport 5316 West Southern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46241
Ph: (317) 247-4281
Fax: 317.247.0576
Room Rate: $63.75+tax (rate valid until Aug. 7, 2009)

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009:

McLure Hotel (Legacy Run Headquarters Hotel)
1200 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 232-0300
Room Rate $74.00+tax (until Aug. 4, 2009)

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009:

Cool Harbor Motel (Legacy Run Hdqrs Hotel)
141 W. 15th St., Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone (540) 635-2191
Room Rate $69.00+tax (rate valid until July 21, 2009)
Relax Inn Motel
1801 Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone (540) 635-4101
Room Rate $60.50+tax (until July 28, 2009)

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009:

Ramada Plaza (Legacy Run Hdqrs Hotel)
400 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25303
Phone (304) 744-4641
Room Rate $79.00+tax (until Aug. 6, 2009)
Wingate Hotel
400 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25303
Phone (304) 744-4444
Room Rate $89.00+tax (until Aug. 7, 2009)

Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009:

Holiday Inn (Legacy Run Headquarters Hotel)
1325 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
Phone (502) 426-2600
Room Rate $69.90+tax (until Aug. 1, 2009)

For more information contact Scott Miller,, or Bill Sloan,, or call 317-630-1321.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Alternative routes to Louisville?

Just happened to stumble upon this blog. I am the State Director for Missouri. This is an excellent alternative to the Eastern Route and we may like to join you in your ride to Nashville. Sorry to hear about Stoney. I would appreciate an email or point of contact for this ride.

Thank you...
Norm Gentry