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Legion Legacy Run

First-ever W.Va. event rolls into Elkins

The Inter-Mountain photos by Edgar Kelley Seventy motorcycles rumble down Railroad Avenue in Elkins Thursday afternoon as part of West Virginia’s inaugural American Legion Legacy Run.

ELKINS — Seventy motorcycles rumbled into Elkins Thursday afternoon as part of West Virginia’s inaugural American Legion Legacy Run.

Although it’s the first-ever Legacy event in the Mountain State, since 2004 the event has been held each year and is the primary fundraiser for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition for children of veterans who are disabled from military service.

“Children with 50 percent disability in their family or more can receive a full-ride scholarship from the American Legion,” said Cliff Shingleton, Department Assistant Director for the American Legion Riders of West Virginia. “We have a lot of bikes out supporting this cause. We are an arm of the American Legion, mostly legionnaires, who ride in support of the American Legion and veteran’s functions.”

The Riders’ four-day crusade began on Thursday and will end on Sunday with a final stop in Wheeling. Each day the group will make numerous stops at American Legion all across the state.

The Riders’ 300-mile trek on Thursday started out in Follensbee. From there they traveled to Morgantown and then cruised on to Keyser. They capped off the day with stops in Petersburg and then Elkins.

A specially decked-out three-wheeled cycle featuing an American flag took part in the event Thursday.

“We are trying to hit as many American Legion halls in the state as possible,” Shingleton said. “We collect donations from each American Legion we stop at.”

Today the bikers will leave Elkins in the morning and travel to Flatwoods, Summersville, Beckeley and Bluefield.

“The Legion Riders do an amazing job in supporting one of our main pillars, which is children and youth,” said past Elkins Post 29 Commander Donald Lambert. “To see the number of riders they were able to get for their inaugural Legacy Run during a pandemic has been nothing short of outstanding. I fully support them and I hope that Post 29 can someday get a Legion Riders chapter started here.”

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