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August 14, 2012

Legion Riders hit the road to aid Hoosier veterans

BROWNSBURG — Zach Day is plowing through his 2,200-mile Hike for Hoosier Veterans along the Appalachian Trail.

While he’s away, local American Legion Riders traveled 180 miles of their own this past Saturday in support of the mission, although they were on motorcycles while Day is on foot.

The ride originated at American Legion Post 331 in Brownsburg, and then went to Nashville and back, raising money that will go to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF).

“I don’t have a total dollar amount yet, but we kicked butt, I know that,” said Mike Parr, one of the Legion Riders putting on the event. “We’re helping until he gets home with fundraising and I came up with the idea to have a ride. We had four weeks to put it all together.”

Parr said rider groups from Avon, Lebanon, Zionsville, and Speedway all participated. Eight homeless veterans also spoke during a short ceremony held in conjunction with the ride.

“I’m flabbergasted and I’m really impressed with the width and breath of people who are interested, ready, willing, and able to help in any way that they can,” said Dave Day, Zach’s father. “It’s unfortunate with the economy the way it is they can’t help in ways they might ordinarily, but the one thing I’ve tried to impress on people is ‘if you can, great. If you can’t, great.’ Maybe click on his Facebook page and support him and it won’t cost a nickel. I want to get them up over 1,000 before he returns.”

Parr said he’s been in touch with Day during his trek from Maine to Georgia.

“The thing that impresses me with Zach is his mindset,” Day said. “It’s so cool. I’m on the phone with him and he’s thanking me, and I’m trying to thank him. He’s a very modest guy.”

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