BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) – It was a perfect afternoon at New Freedom Farm in Buchanan as therapy horses bathed in the sun.
However, Saturday June 25 was not a normal day on the farm. The sound of over 200 motorcycles driving for a cause could be heard across the pastures.
New Freedom Farm hosted a lunch for American Legion riders during their Virginia Legacy Run. The event raises money to benefit the American Legion Scholarship Foundation, which helps children killed since 9/11 and children of veterans disabled while on active duty.
“It’s the Virginia Legacy Run, and up to the first leg of the race, day one, we cleared about $40,000. That was just day one,” said runner Brandy Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald, who is also a Marine Corps veteran, wrote a song to commemorate their efforts.
“Brothers and sisters riding side by side, raising funds every mile along the way, to help someone else have a better day,” Fitzgerald sang.
Fitzgerald wasn’t the only singer to honor her country at the Botetourt County Farm. The Asia Bronte Band also provided live music as motorcyclists pulled up.
“Without these heroes coming here today, I couldn’t even do what I love, which is to sing, so it’s just an honor and a privilege to be here,” said Asia Sawyer, the lead singer of the group Asia Brontë.
In addition to live music, veterans received free food.
Buchanan’s own Vietnam veteran, Jimmy Eubank, was honored as the race’s road captain.
“Whenever we have the opportunity to honor our veterans, it’s really important and it’s really important to honor our Vietnam veterans who did not have the opportunity to be welcomed home. like our current veterans,” said Lois Dawn Fritz, founder of New Freedom Farm.