The 12th annual American Legion Legacy Run will start this Saturday with events taking place at Fort Dodge on Friday.

American Legion National Commander, Charles Schmidt, will be attending the riders dinner at Fort Dodge from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Schmidt will be joined by Kansas Department Commander Terry Marr, Kansas Department Adjutant Jimmy Foster, Chairman Bob Sussan of The American Legion Riders National Advisory Committee along with other national, department and local American Legion members.

"The purpose of the event is to raise funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship," said 8th District Judge Advocate Dan Stacy of Dodge City in a press release. "Riders will begin assembling at Fort Dodge on Aug. 10.

"Additional riders will join on Aug. 11."

"The 8th District Honor Guard will perform a three-round volley and play Taps with additional activities including an opening ceremony conducted by Schmidt."

According to Stacy, the riders are scheduled to leave Fort Dodge on Saturday at 8 a.m. and will travel west on Highway 400 toward Dodge City.

They will turn right on Highway 56 and Highway 283 and travel to the Flying J on Wyatt Earp Blvd.

They will travel west on Wyatt Earp Boulevard through Dodge City to reach Highway 50 to travel to Garden City.

"American Legion Post 47 in Dodge City invites the entire community to line the streets, honk their horns, and wave flags to salute The American Legion Riders as they pass through Dodge City," Stacy said.

"We invite everyone to join us in saying thank you to these veterans for their service to our country and for their continued service through the American Legion."

The final destination for the run is in Reno, Nevada, where additional riders will join in as they progress through the route.

The run will cover 1,300 miles through four states.

With many of the American Legion Riders traveling from across the country to join in unified support, the American Legion Legacy Run is one of the largest multi-state, multi-day, cross-country motorcycle events in the United States.