Run for the Wall riders are D.C. bound

By Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter | 5/18/2016

In Ontario, Calif., the annual Run for the Wall got underway this morning – with hundreds of bikers heading east on a 10-day journey that will end at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The ride honors military veterans, including those who were POWs or MIA.

Merry Starkey, who served in the Minnesota National Guard, is assigned to talk to truckers on the CB so that trucks in the passing lane and bikers in the right lane are all on the same page.

Starkey called OOIDA this morning to report the ride was off to a successful start and to pass along a message to truckers.

“Please thank all those drivers out there for helping us get across the country safely. There are no words for how much we appreciate them and their patience and understanding,” Starkey said. “Without the American trucker and our U.S. military this country would be up the creek without a paddle. We can’t do without either one of them. We are very, very thankful.”

The climax of the ride is called Rolling Thunder when as many as 350,000 bikes crowd the streets of Washington in a slow procession to the Wall.

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