Remembrance Run coming Saturday [UPDATED]Published 11:06am Thursday, July 14, 2011 Updated 11:06am Thursday, July 14, 2011
Motorcycle engines will be revving in Underwood on Saturday for the seventh annual POW/MIA Remembrance Run, sponsored by the Underwood American Legion Post 489.
Event organizer Todd “Speedy” Petersen said the Legion expects 350 to 400 riders at the event, “as long as the weather’s nice.” In the past, people from all over the five-state area have come out to ride.
Ride registration begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon, when the ride begins. There is no registration fee, but a freewill donation is requested.
As always, the proceeds from the ride go toward the recreation program at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. In the previous six years of the remembrance run, about $30,000 has been raised for the program.
“Our veterans have always given so much for us and sacrificed for our country,” Petersen said. “It’s just a little way of giving back.”
The run will be 109 miles this year. Though the run’s route changes every year, “The start and finish is always in Underwood at the Legion,” said Petersen.
This year, the run takes a big loop through parts of Otter Tail, Douglas and Grant counties, with stops in Evansville, Wendell and Fergus Falls. Petersen said the ride should take about five hours. A complete map and more information is available online at www.post489.com/POW.
Petersen said the ride supports POW/MIA in order to give recognition to the soldiers who haven’t come home.
“Everybody strictly thinks Vietnam when they see that,” he said, pointing out the reality that every war has soldiers who have been captured or gone missing. “I know there are some (run participants) who ride for someone in particular.”
After the run, there will be a short memorial and a talk by Vietnam veteran and motivational speaker Jon Hovde. Following that is a dinner and live music from FireWaterBurn, who will play until midnight.
On Sunday from 8 to noon, the Sons of the American Legion will be hosting a freewill donation sausage, biscuit and gravy breakfast at the Underwood Community Center. Proceeds go toward Quilts of Valor.