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by Mark Cheffey
Roger Norfolk made a stop at his old stomping grounds along with four other American Legion motorcycle riders as they were on their way to be part of the 13th annual American Legion Legacy Run starting in Rogers, Ark.
Roger the son of the late Bill Norfolk, and his crew parked their bikes for a short break in front of the Palmyra VFW Post which bears his father’s name before hitting the road again.
“The stop means a lot to me,” Norfolk said, before recounting in brief, his early, formative years here before he, too, joined the military.
Now, he is involved in veterans activities and the Legacy Run is one close to his heart as he gets ready to participate in his 12th one which helps raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund which assists the children of not only U.S. military members who have died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 as well as post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
“We do a lot of other things, but this is a big deal,” Norfolk said of the scholarship fund raising.
He and the other members of his group, including two men and two women from Iowa, were taking a scenic route-avoiding interstate highways-set out by Norfolk, that was to take them through the lake area on their way south, and it, of course had to stop in Palmyra.
“And they all are just putting up with me,” Norfolk laughed.
Before driving Norfolk put on his trade-mark Captain America riding helmet, similar to one he wore as a youth in Palmyra.
They were taking a donation check to Rogers, Ark., then joining a host of others for the ride to Phoenix, Ariz. Aug. 26, for the 102nd National VFW Convention.
Since its inception, the ride has raised over $15 million for the scholarship fund.