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Buchanan American Legion form riders group

By Frankie Jupiter, fjupiter@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 27 2013 06:58:10 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 27 2013 12:00:00 AM EDT
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BUCHANAN, Va. -

There was standing room only inside of the Buchanan Municipal Building as the American Legion riders of post 93 were sworn in.

"We'll right now we only have three chapters in the west; that will help us grow the west a little bit,” said rider Rob Phelps. “We've got thrifty odd chapter throughout the state. Right now we're just to grow the American legion and grow the American Legion riders."

American Legion riders from all over the state rode on over 30 motorbikes to support post 93. Some who attended say the riders give a face to the organization.

"A lot of people think of the American Legion as a place to go drink and socialize but where showing all what the American Legion has to offer. We're out in town; we're out in the community,” said Jimmy Jones.

They help provide children's programs and other activities for students. They're also hoping to reach out to veterans who have fought in different wars. Some spoke out about not be welcomed by open arm after the Vietnam War.

"They were from the Vietnam era and when they come from Vietnam, you know that's forgotten people, so they didn't want to join anything,” said Jones. “But now they are finding out, that it's something that they can join, that they can enjoy."

Overtime the group hopes to move forward in growth to better serve its community. Some riders in August will be participating in the Legacy Run. Proceeds provide college scholarships for children of U.S. service members killed while on active duty on or after Sept. 11.