The Run for the Wall roared by OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, Mo, Monday morning. More than 260 bikers are in one of three groups headed for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor military veterans.
Photo by Jami Jones
RFTW Ambassador Rick Starkey salutes fellow participants.
A big crowd of OOIDA employees stood beside Interstate 70 waving flags and cheering. Minnesota National Guard veteran Merry Starkey says that’s the kind of reception they’ve been getting since they left Ontario, Calif., last week.
“It’s an amazing reception. We have entire towns that turn out to wave at us and wave flags. There are people and flags and fire trucks on overpasses. In the towns we come to we’re treated like royalty. They just take such good care of us.
“And it gives us the opportunity not only to thank everybody but to realize how much good there is in the country. You don’t hear much of that anymore, but there are so many truly good people out there, and they all turn out to welcome us and support what our mission is,” Starkey said.
That mission is not only to honor veterans, but also to keep alive the issue of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
The riders plan to reach Washington, .D.C, on Friday, May 27, and then attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.
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