Legacy Run rides through Waynesville

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles editor | Aug 21, 2014
Photo by: Rachel Robles LEGACY RUN — The American Legion Riders Legacy Run made a pit stop in Waynesville on Wednesday.

The American Legion Riders Legacy Run roared through Haywood County on Wednesday on their way from King’s Mountain to Buford, Georgia.

The run is a fundraiser for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. These scholarships were created as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror, which left many children of active-duty military personal in single-parent households. Children who lost one or more parents on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible to apply.

The Run began Aug. 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and traversed through eight states — Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia — for a grand total of 1,336 miles.

American Legion Post #47 welcomed the riders during their brief stop in Waynesville with food and music. The riders drove under a large American flag suspended between two fire truck ladders before they rallied in the parking lot.

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown was one of the notable guests at the event.

“Not being a veteran myself, I appreciate what [the veterans] have done,” said Brown. “I have two grandsons in the military now, and I also appreciate the support that [the American Legion] give to young men and women in the military. It’s a good day in Waynesville. That’s what it’s all about.”

The run ends today in Charlotte.