American Legion Ride to support veterans

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

“The purpose of the American Legion is to raise money to support our veterans and members of the community in the Polk City and Polk County areas,” Rob Haspels of the Polk City American Legion stated.

As the post commander of the local chapter, Haspels aided in organizing Post 232’s first ever Veteran’s Ride.

“We gained a couple of new members who already had some of these rides scheduled,” Haspels stated, “We wanted to do one strictly out of this post and start a new tradition.”

With kickstands up at noon on July 23, the ride will begin at the Polk City American Legion, travel to the Flat Tire in Madrid, then the Whistling Donkey in Woodward, the Lucky Pig in Ogden and ultimately end at a farm located just north of Kelley. There, the legion will host a hog roast, beverages and live music, courtesy of the KLM band, a band that Haspels, himself, is currently a member of.

“Being the first year, we are trying to do an economical veteran’s ride at a low cost,” Haspels stated, “In future years, we are hoping to end the ride back in Polk City, with food and music.”

In addition to the Veteran’s Ride, the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary have participated in numerous community programs throughout the area. These range from providing scholarships to North Polk students, to aiding in fundraisers to help fight sarcoma.

For those interested in participating in the upcoming ride, registration begins at 10:30 a.m on July 23 at the American Legion.