For 25 years, a motorcycle motorcade that calls its event The Run for the Wall has been making an annual pilgrimage from California to The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Arlington, VA. On Monday, May 20, a group of 600 bikers roared past the OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, MO, as flag-waving employees stood on the grassy bank near I-70 and watched the proud pack roll by.
A few minutes before the main group rode by, an advance group stopped by OOIDA headquarters for a quick visit. These “ambassadors” visited for a moment, posed for pics, and off they went to rejoin the pack.
One of the pack’s riders, David Talley, also stopped to say hi. Talley is an OOIDA member from Wausau, WI. He’s also an Air Force veteran and driver for Stevens Transport. His job is to facilitate the highway ride by talking to truckers by CB as he and the other bikers head for the Wall.
RFTW recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and those currently on active duty ride for those who cannot.
The group has a sole mission: “To promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends; to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA); to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars; and to support our military personnel all over the world.”
After the riders arrive in DC, they plan to participate in several Memorial Day events, including the Rolling Thunder Parade scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, May 27.
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