Amazing to have a group riding across the country to arrive in DC for Memorial Day. I'm sure this group will also be part of the annual Rolling Thunder rally that takes place on May 26, 2013.
Remember our MIA's & Veterans Bike Run-California to Washington DC
May 15-26, 2013 riding across the USA
Run For The Wall organization recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and those currently on active duty are especially welcome to join us as they ride for those who cannot.
Hundreds of veterans and military supporters have arrived in Rancho Cucamonga for the 25th annual Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington D.C. in honor and remembrance of military prisoners of war and those missing and killed in action.
The run is to raise public awareness toward helping pushing the government to locate, identify and relocate the bodies of service members killed in action and still unaccounted for in places like Vietnam and Korea, organizers said.
Registration for the event is in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn and will meet up at the JCPenney parking lot at Victoria Gardens on Wednesday morning for a dramatic departure at approx. 8:00 am.
The 10-day ride is a dramatic sight for anyone coming upon the motorcade. Two groups of about 500 to 600 riders start off on either route that will travel through the southern and central states. From end to end, each rider motorcade can be up to 5 miles long. There are two routes east, both beginning from Rancho Cucamonga, with about 30 riders to a "platoon" and about a 150 feet gap between platoons.
Both groups will unite as one in Virginia and arrive in Washington D.C. on Friday, May 24. A portion will be able to attend a ceremony at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ on May 25. The riders will also gather together at the Lincoln Memorial and walk to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
The ride honors American military prisoners of war, and those killed and missing in action during war. Many who ride are Vietnam veterans. The event was started by Vietnam veterans to honor service members in that conflict, but today, the event honors military members from all conflicts. Participants have also served in Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and others are active duty personnel, friends and family members.
Between the Korean, Vietnam and WWII Wars, there are still approximately 84,000 MIA’s. Awareness may keep the government searching for the MIA’s to bring them home and give them a proper burial.
For more information, go to: www.rftw.org. You can follow the groups on-line across the county to Washington DC.
Authors Comments: I am the daughter of an Air Force Veteran who proudly served in WWII and the Korean War for 28 years. My parents are buried at the Riverside National Cemetary. ©Let's unite and try to bring more veterans home so they can also have a honorable burial.©
©I have been to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC and it was a very moving event for me.
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