Run For The Wall roars into Corydon Tuesday
Run For The Wall (RFTW) was founded in 1989 by Vietnam Veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans. The two traveled across America on motorcycles promoting their message through local radio, TV, and newspapers. Their purpose was to provide facts regarding the thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from all wars. They sought to honor the memory of those killed in action and support military personnel. As wars wage on, the need to spread awareness still exists today and the Run For The Wall tradition continues every May.
Run For The Wall gets their message to the public by riding through the United States on motorcycles. The participants range from age eight to eighty and include veterans and active military personnel as well as friends, family, and other supporters. Their goal is to promote healing among all veterans and their family and friends.
The participants travel across the United States on a ten day journey which concludes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Sunday evening before Memorial Day. There are additional activities during Memorial Day weekend at the cite and the events conclude with a final Rolling Thunder Parade in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. The parade consists of over 350,000 motorcycles that parade from the Pentagon parking lots, through downtown Washington, ending at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
On Tuesday, May 25, Run For The Wall will be passing through Corydon. The riders will be escorted through downtown Corydon from I-64 exit 105, by the Harrison County Reserve Officers. Expected arrival time is 6 p.m. (EDT). Residents and visitors are asked to show their support by lining the sidewalks of Capital Avenue to greet the riders as they parade through town.
Several organizations, including local veterans groups will be pitching in to help with any needs the riders might have during their stay in Corydon. The riders will head through downtown and continue to the Harrison County Fairgrounds for a dinner and ceremony provided by the Corydon Moose Lodge.
For more information on the Run for the Wall, visit www.rftw.org. For Harrison County visitor information, visit www.thisisindiana.org or call 1-888-738-2137.