National “Run for the Wall” Ride to Stop in Mt. Vernon

May 9, 2019

MT. VERNON, IL, April 25- The annual “Run for the Wall” motorcycle ride will stop in Mt. Vernon once again on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019. This is the 31st year Mt. Vernon has welcomed the Run for the Wall riders.

Approximately 500 bikers will enter Mt. Vernon through exit 95, re-fuel in town then proceed down Broadway to the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport for a donated fried chicken luncheon. This is one of only a few stops where riders can enjoy a hot, homestyle meal while they take a break from the road. Several restaurants, individuals, and Veteran’s organizations. have donated to the luncheon including Damron Insurance, The Elks, The Diner & Bakery, Borowiak’s IGA, AMVETS Post 4, AMVETS Auxiliary, The American Legion, and American Legion Auxiliary. Organizations such as The Kyle Price Foundation, ABATE, The Christian Motorcycle Association, HOOAH, Roadhouse Harley Davidson, and more are volunteering with booths and giveaways at the airport. Several area grade and high school students including Woodlawn, Waltonville, Ashley, Farrington, and Bluford/Webber are volunteering at the event. Local Veterans are invited to come and share in this event. A short program will be held with the presentation of colors, national anthem, and welcome by Mayor John Lewis.

Several individuals and organizations have donated already, but monetary donations are being collected to help offset the riders’ cost of fuel. If you would like to donate, please contact the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau at 618-242-3151 or

The public is encouraged to line Broadway Street with flags and other signs of appreciation to cheer on bikers as they ride to the airport. The public is also welcome to go to the airport and show their for Veteran’s at this event. After departing from the airport, bikers will ride on Route 15 through Wayne City onto their next destination.

Bikers across the nation assemble annually for the Run for the Wall ride that promotes healing among veterans, calls for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), honors the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA), and supports our military personnel all over the world. The ride begins in California and ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Mt. Vernon is their only Illinois stop.