The annual Run for the Wall event is back in full force as bikers across the country unite to ride in memory of our lost military members this Memorial Day. Run for the Wall honors the memory of military members who became Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), as well as those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. According to Run for the Wall (RFTW), the event is the largest and longest organized cross-country motorcycle run, and riders can join at any time for however long they wish.
With over 1,800 participants annually, Run for the Wall thunders across America from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. then to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois. The mission of Run for the Wall is to “promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends,” and their goal is to “educate future generations on the importance of accountability in wartime actions, emphasizing that no one should be left behind.”
According to West Virginia Metro News, the riders find support across the country motivating as they are greeted with flags by those watching the impressive motorcycle formation. Todd Taylor, the Regional State Director for Run for the Wall, shared that for most riders on the run it is personal as they ride for servicemen and women they have lost or for family members in the military.
Riding “for those who can’t,” the participants of Run for the Wall are spreading a powerful message across the country as we prepare to honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Remembering those we have lost as Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action, and those who sacrificed their lives, the riders remind Americans of the cost of freedom and the enormous gratitude we all must have within our hearts for our nation’s heroes.