LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The American Legion is well known for their charitable work, and on Tuesday the Laurel Chapter hosted the American Legion Legacy Riders.
Around 65 members are trekking across the southern states to raise money for their legacy scholarship fund. This annual motorcycle ride originated in Florida and will tour the southern states. The legacy scholarship helps to send children to college whose parent has lost their lives during war.
Florida State Commander for the American Legion Steve Shuga said this is an effort to take care of those kids.
"The American Legion Scholarship was based on a post 9/11 period where a lot of men and women who aren't and the children have no mothers or fathers." Shuga said. "It was quickly determined that the American Legion needed to make sure that they took care of the children above and beyond."
Lunch was provided to the group from the Laurel Post No. 11 and after the meal, the group headed to Louisiana. From there, they will ride back to Florida.
The American Legion was chartered in 1919, a year after World War I. It was founded as a patriotic organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
It's the largest wartime veteran's organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community. It advocates patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.