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Participants in The Run For the Wall Passing Through Fountain Saturday

 


Motorcyclists participating in The Run For the Wall (RFTW) will be traveling through Fountain Saturday. The motorcyclists will be enter into Fountain at approximately 12:30 p.m., exiting 1-25 at exit 128 and then head north on Santa Fe Ave. (Highway 85/87.) Participants will stop for lunch at the Darin Anstine Firehouse #1 and resume their ride about 1:45 p.m. After departing the fire station, they will head north on Highway 85/87 to Highway 16, exiting to travel east on Powers Blvd. They will continue on Powers to Bradley Road where they will turn right. They will travel east/ northeast as Bradley changes to Curtis Road, continuing north to Highway 24. Then they will head toward Limon.

“Please show your support somewhere along this route,” said a spokesperson for American Legion Riders Post 38 in Fountain. “Bring your friends, family and flags to show your support to these riders as they pass through our community.”

The spokesperson continued, “This ride is on its 29th year, it is an honor to have them pass through our veteran-filled community. These riders of about 400 motorcycles are making their way from Rancho Cucamonga, CA to Washington DC to arrive on Memorial Day weekend at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They ride for those who can’t.”

A RFTW spokesperson offered the following information about the event.

The mission statement is: 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.

The philosophy: We strive to maintain a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all participants can reflect and heal on their journey to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. in the hope that they can return home to a new beginning.

Goals: To guide the participants across America. To educate future generations as to the importance of accountability in wartime actions emphasizing that no one should be left behind.

History: Run For The Wall (RFTW) was started in 1989 as an effort by James Gregory and Bill Evans. They were a couple of Vietnam Veterans who traveled across the heartland of America on motorcycles, talking to local radio, TV, and newspapers about the fact that we had thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from all of our wars. The need for this awareness continues today and we continue this tradition every May.

Participants don’t give political speeches or stage demonstrations. Run For The Wall gets its message to the public across by riding through the United States. W e obey traffic laws and treat all citizens with dignity and respect.

The issue of public awareness is only part of the benefit of Run For The Wall. We also give Vietnam Veterans and all veterans the opportunity to get their own welcome home and start their healing process. Everyone who has fought or has friends or loved ones who have fought in a war has their own issues from their experience.

There is a nominal charge for participating in Run For The Wall, and you have to pay your own expenses. We have been very fortunate in the past in that we generally get a great deal of support from organizations and people along the way. Most evening dinners are provided free or for a small donation by concerned citizens, many breakfasts and lunches are provided, also. We have generous groups who have paid for gas and lodging on occasion.

The trip takes 10 days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where our Run officially ends on Sunday evening before Memorial Day. Additionally, we have things scheduled for the weekend, ending with participation in the Rolling Thunder Parade in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. It is quite a sight to behold, 350,000 plus motorcycles all starting from the Pentagon parking lots, parading through downtown Washington, and ending at the Wall.

Along the way across the U.S. we make stops at Memorials, Veteran’s Hospitals, and schools. We enjoy parades, escorts, and welcome-home receptions from many of the patriotic towns.

The ages of the participants range from eight to eighty. These include: mothers, fathers, grandfathers, and grandmothers (some of whom ride their own bikes!): veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq Freedom and Afghanistan: active military, supporters, friends and family. Everyone is welcome. The main rule is NO ATTITUDES.

You don’t have to ride a motorcycle to participate. By joining or supporting Run For The Wall, you participate in our mission of: promoting healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends: calling for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA): and honoring the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from ALL wars. The important thing is to join the cause!

 

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