The American Legion Centennial Ride through the heart of the nation passed along the American Legion Memorial Highway, U.S. Highway 281, Aug. 2 and included stops at 13 local American Legion posts in South Dakota.
Motorcycling veterans carried one half of a banner as part of “Team Legacy” from Canada toward Great Bend, Kan., where it has by now been joined with “Team Vision,” which is making a similar ride with its half of the banner from the Texas-Mexico border.
Along the way, Legion Riders visited local posts, collected proclamations, resolutions and messages of congratulations for the 100th birthday of the nation’s largest U.S. veterans organization.
The assembled banner, signed by post commanders along the route, will be presented to American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad onstage at the 101st American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis, August 24-29.
“The rain was a pain, but overall the ride went really well,” said Travis Flisrand, S.D. American Legion. “Had some great visits. Lots of support. Stickney seemed like they had about half the town out for us. We were thankful for several South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who escorted us parts of the way, keeping things safe.”
Scheduled stops Aug. 2 in South Dakota included:
Lynn G. Peterson Post 273 in Frederick
Sidney L. Smith Post 24 in Aberdeen
Rieck-Morgan Post 137 in Warner
Clay Kiser Post 92 in Redfield
Martin and Earl Hofemann Post 292, Tulare
Hershman-Gordon Post 59, Wolsey
Schmidt-Barnes Post 268, Virgil
John Willman Post 14, Wessington Springs
Goeres-Woods Post 5, Plankinton
Dittrick-Barrows-Noldner Post 26, Stickney
Everson-Beukelman Post 274, Corsica
McGrath-Ferguson Post 52, Armour
Fort Randall-Castle Post 282, Pickstown
Late August 2, the South Dakota Centennial Riders met their counterparts from the American Legion’s Department of Nebraska to hand off the banner and make the exchange.