30th Annual ‘Run for the Wall’ Honors U.S. Vets, May 16-25

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Over 1600 Bikers on three different routes will convene at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This week — May 16 to 25 — over 1600 bikers are on a most patriotic mission: the 30th annual Run for the Wall (RFTW) to honor all U.S. military. Founded by Vietnam veterans, Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Those currently on active duty or of recent conflicts, supporters, and patriots are welcome to join as the bikers “ride for those who can’t” and trek across the nation from California to D.C.

Three routes will allow for riders from across the United States to participate. “RFTW XXX” kicks off in Ontario, California, then passes through Arizona before diverging into three different routes. The Central route treks through Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia; the Midway route bikes through New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina; and the Southern route cruises through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. All three routes then end at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. “RFTW XXX” concludes on Friday, May 25 for the Marine Corps Evening Parade at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

Many Harley dealerships across the nation are participating in the run, including both Duke City Harley-Davidson and Thunderbird Harley-Davidson in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte, Florida; Shenandoah Harley-Davidson in Staunton, Virginia; and Harley-Davidson of Lynchburg in Virginia.

The largest and longest organized cross-country motorcycle run of its kind in the world, Run for the Wall is a national non-profit organization dedicated to an accounting of all Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA), and to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars.

Run For The Wall was started in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans, two Vietnam Veterans who traveled across the heartland of America on motorcycles. They talked to local radio, TV, and newspapers about the thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from all wars. The need for this awareness continues today.

If you’re not able to ride along on “RFTW XXX,” you can still show your support by joining the riders at one of their nightly stops, by purchasing RFTW merchandise, or by donation.

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Dan Gregory is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums and Ford F-150 Online.

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