ALR Post 96, Morgan City, LA "Atchafalaya" chapter held its 13 Annual Freedom Ride and 1st Annual Freedom Fest on May 24th along Lake Palourde in Morgan City, LA. Joined by local mayors at each stop, the Legion Riders placed wreaths at a Blue Star Location, with speeches given about the true spirit of Memorial Day. The Chairman of the Chitimacha Tribal Council, John Paul Darden, gave his speech in the Chitimacha language. The rides are in memory of Rowe Rosson, who conceived the event 13 years ago after observing one individual placing wreaths at memorial sites in the area. Touched by what she saw, she organized the Freedom Ride, which is in honor of fallen veterans.
The ride concluded with the 1st Annual Freedom Fest, which included a day of activities for the community, including live music, a car show, bike show, food and merchandise vendors, along with children's activities. ALR Post 96 was supported by a host of area non-profit organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Marine Corps League, and a host of others who helped make the day a success. Net proceeds will go to support American Legion Charities. We look forward to a two day event next year, as the entire community was in full support of the event, as it was pulled of as a true community event in support of area non-profits in helping them to raise awareness of their respective organizations.