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|Run For The Wall
Started February 24, 2007 @ 9:08pm by Bob Sorg
|Run For The Wall||February 24, 2007 @ 9:08pm|
|Although I have not personally taken the run, I do know someone who has. This looks like an event that some of you may wish to participate in. The Run takes place from May 16 through May 27, starting at Ontario, California. One group follows a central route, the other a southern route. The two groups meet up at Washington, D.C. on the day before Memorial Day. |
Here is a description of what “Run For The Wall” is all about:
RUN FOR THE WALL
(We Ride For Those Who Can’t)
Run For The Wall (RFTW) was started in 1988 as an effort by a couple of
Vietnam Veterans who traveled across the heartland of America on motorcycles,
talking to local radio, television, and newspapers about the fact that we had thousands
of men and women still unaccounted for from all of our wars.
The need for this awareness continues, so we continue this tradition every May.
We don't give political speeches or stage demonstrations. Run For The Wall
gets its message across by traveling through the United States in a safe and
orderly manner. We obey traffic laws and treat the citizens with respect.
The issues of public awareness are only part of the benefit of Run For The
Wall. We also give Vietnam Veterans and all Veterans the opportunity to get
their own welcome home and start their healing process.
Everyone who has fought--or has friends or loved ones who have fought--in a
war has their own issues from their experience. Everyone has issues--the
welcome home, the good-bye to buddies lost, the inability to help the young boys
we watched every night on television, or just trying to accept coming home alive. Many
who participate in Run For The Wall find that whatever they've been missing can
be found in the Run For The Wall family. They can finally start settling issues
that have been put away for years.
There is nominal charge for participating in Run For The Wall, and you have to
pay your own expenses. We have been very fortunate in the past in that we
generally get a great deal of support from organizations and people along the
way. Most nights, dinners are provided free or for a small donation by concerned
citizens; some breakfasts and lunches are provided, also. We have generous
groups who have paid for gas and lodging on occasion.
The trip takes ten days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where our Run
officially ends on the Saturday evening before Memorial Day. Additionally, we
have things scheduled for the weekend, ending with participation in the Rolling
Thunder’s “Ride For Freedom” in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. It is quite a sight to
behold: 300,000 motorcycles all starting from the Pentagon parking lots, riding through
the Mall area in Washington, and ending at the Wall. Run For The Wall is the longest
“Welcome Home” parade the riders will ever experience.
Along the way across the U.S., we make stops at memorials, veteran's hospitals,
and schools. We enjoy parades, escorts, and welcome-home receptions from
many of the patriotic townspeople.
The ages of the participants range from eight to eighty. These include: mothers,
fathers, grandfathers, and grandmothers (some of whom ride their own bikes!);
veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq Freedom, and
Afghanistan; active military, supporters, friends, and family. Everyone is
welcome. The main rule is NO ATTITUDES.
Some people join Run For The Wall and think of it as just another vacation or
motorcycle event. After one or two days, though, they realize this is something
very special. It is unlike anything else they have experienced, and it becomes a
MISSION! They become part of the Run For The Wall family whose members
come from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries,
too. What could be more perfect than riding on a mission, making new friends,
and helping a very good cause, POW/MIA?
By joining or supporting Run For The Wall, you participate in our mission of: promoting
healing among all veterans and their families and friends; calling for an accounting of all
Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA); and honoring the memory of
those Killed in Action (KIA) from ALL wars. The important thing is to join the
For comprehensive information and route schedules, please visit:
http://www.rftwcr-2007.us/ (Central Route)
http://www.rftwsr-2007.us/ (Southern Route)
Last Edit: February 24, 2007 @ 9:38pm by Bob Sorg