American Legion Riders Stop in Augusta on Cross Country Trip to Benefit California Veterans' Cemetery

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AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) We caught up with a trio of motorcyclists on a mission Friday.

They started in California twenty days ago and rolled through Bangor and Augusta on Friday.

The American Legion Riders are accompanied by an American flag retired from the California Central Coast Cemetery.

On Memorial Day they'll be flying a flag they flew over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia during this cross country trip.

The Central Coast Cemetery only accepts remains of cremated veterans.

The riders are raising money to change that, clearing the way for families of vets who want in-ground full body burial there.

On their way back from Bar Harbor, the riders stopped by the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.

They've been blown away by the generosity of folks they've met along the way.

"Waitresses up in Bar Harbor were reaching literally into their tip jar to cover our meals so that we can leave more money for the fund itself. Tourists that we met in Winslow, Arizona and up at the Grand Canyon, who recently had laid to rest a veteran relative of theirs, they understand the need and they've donated. It's been very emotional for us to see the level of compassion of the average person that we're meeting," said Hiram 'Crash' Libby of the American Legion Riders Chapter 31.

They're posting daily updates of their ride here:

To donate to their cause, go to