Rev your engines! The American Legion is celebrating 100 years

Julia LeDoux
July 24, 2019 - 4:48 pm
Legion Riders



The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a 1,875-mile motorcycle ride July 31-Aug. 4.

The ride is organized and sponsored by six American Legion state departments between the Canada and Mexico border and has 60 scheduled stops before the rendezvous point Aug. 4 in Great Bend, Kansas.

The ride follows  U.S. Highway 281, which was designated as the national American Legion Memorial Highway in 1960. Riders will pass through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Two 30-rider teams will travel toward each other from the Mexico and Canada borders. Team Vision will bring half of a centennial banner north from Pharr, Texas, starting on July 31 and Team Legacy will start its journey from the International Peace Park at the U.S. Canada border near Dunseith, North Dakota,.the morning of Aug. 1.

On Aug. 4, the two halves of the banner will be fastened together in a ceremony at Great Bend, Kansas. The assembled banner will be presented onstage at the 101st American Legion National Convention in late August in Indianapolis.

Along the route, the 30-member Centennial Ride teams – led by American Legion National Vice Commanders Jim Wallace from the north and Steve Sweet from the south – will visit posts on the route. In Elgin, Oklahoma, centennial riders will stop at Fort Sill National Cemetery to place a wreath to honor the fallen who are laid to rest there.

Live video updates will appear in American Legion national social media under the hashtag #centennialride2019 and on the organization’s national website during the ride.

The schedule of stops can be found here.

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