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See the Virginia American Legion Riders roll through Newport News

(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of the city of Newport News)
(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of the city of Newport News)

NEWPORT NEWS — The Virginia American Legion Riders are riding their motorcycles 491 miles across the state and their route takes them right through here.

From July 20 to July 22 approximately 175 members of the Virginia American Legion will be riding across the state to raise funds for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

The route tracks from Colonial Heights to Mechanicsville to Colonial Beach to Gloucester to Newport News, stopping finally in Lynchburg.

All of the money raised will be presented to the American Legion National Commander at the 100th Annual American Legion Convention in Minneapolis in August.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides college funds for the children of military personnel who lost their lives on active duty on or after 9/11, as well as children of veterans who have been assigned a disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs of 50 percent or greater and served after 9/11, according to their website.

According to the city, last year the American Legion Legacy Run raised more than $1 million for scholarships, including donations from other posts.

Since its establishment in 2002, more than $11 million has been donated to the scholarship fund, due in large part to the efforts of The American Legion Riders who contribute significantly on an annual basis through the annual American Legion State & National Legacy Run, the city said.

Their website says they also support countless other national, state, and local programs and charities for veterans, military families, and communities.

To find out more about The American Legion, visit

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