Legion American Pride Ride

by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer

Riders and their passengers mount up and get ready to leave on the June 22 Chapter I American Legion Riders Post 122’s 1st Annual American Pride Ride. On the front bike are Doug and Nancy Bourquin. On the second bike in line is Rick Fideldy and next to him is Darren Olson. Photo by Louise H. McGregor
Riders and their passengers mount up and get ready to leave on the June 22 Chapter I American Legion Riders Post 122’s 1st Annual American Pride Ride. On the front bike are Doug and Nancy Bourquin. On the second bike in line is Rick Fideldy and next to him is Darren Olson. Photo by Louise H. McGregor

Chapter I American Legion Post 122 Riders of Deer River held their 1st Annual American Pride Ride on June 22.

The group had been trying to come up with ideas for more rides and they put Diane Stay and Julie Hemphill, the American Legion Riders Public Relations crew, in charge of coming up with a name for a new ride.

“We were in a somber mood the day we were working on coming up with an idea,” said Stay, “and thinking about all of the past and present Prisoners of War (POWs) and those that were reported as Missing in Action (MIAs).”

That’s when Hemphill came up with the idea to name this ride the American Pride Ride.

“Part of the reason for that name,” said Hemphill, “is that I don’t think enough people take enough pride in being Americans.”

American Legion Riders Run Coordinator, Ride Coordinator and Membership Director Doug Bourquin and a few others had scouted out the route before the ride.

He said, “The ride will take us from Deer River up Highway 46 to Northome, then we’ll take Highway 1 to Effie, go down through Bigfork to Marcell, swing over to Talmoon and then come back to Deer River. That will be about 125 miles. It will be a nice ride.”

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