The American Legion Post 25 Riders recently held a motorcycle ride to show their appreciation for Fayette County veterans and their sacrifices for the country.
“The American Legion riders had a veteran appreciation ride,” Brian Finney, vice-president of the Riders, said during an interview last week. “We went to all the nursing facilities in Washington Court House and handed out these certificates of appreciation in appreciation of their efforts. We had them all framed up and and our financial officer wrote their names in and it was beautiful. If you left this and didn’t have a tear in your eye you don’t have a heart. Most people were just unbelievable that we got to meet.”
The riders visited several nursing facilities in town, including Carriage Court, Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCARE. The group would then meet face to face with each veteran they were honoring, shake their hands (or give them hugs) and said a small thanks. This token of appreciation was well received by the veterans. Many cried or exclaimed thanks to this group taking the time to honor them and some even shared stories with the riders.
“It was unbelievable. It was great,” Finney said. “There are some beautiful stories. When we got to the facilities we would receive a list of names. I handed them over to our financial officer so when we went in we had already written down their names on the certificates. Each person was then given a certificate by one of the officers or members present.”
After the ride, food and beverages were made available at the American Legion for the volunteers.
The group is continuing to seek new members and entry is smooth and easy. After becoming a member of the American Legion, which is open to children or grandchildren of veterans as well as any resident who has served in the military, then all that is required to join is a motorcycle of at least 250cc. The only other requirement is that a member remain in good standing. The group meets the first Sunday of the month at noon. Due to July 4, the group will hold the July meeting on the 10.
For more information about the ride, or about joining the riders, contact the American Legion at (740) 335-4990 or Finney at (740) 606-8028.
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