“Run for the Wall” program for healing veterans and remembering the ones still missing

June 3, 2019

By Tina Suarez

The annual “ Run for the Wall” motorcycle ride stopped in Mt. Vernon on Tuesday. May 21, 2019. This is the 31st year Mt. Vernon has welcomed the Run for the Wall riders.

I came into Mt. Vernon and was unaware what was happening in the city. As I advanced I saw all of the motorcycles sitting in the old Kmart building parking lot. I then continued driving on down the road to see the most awesome sight. There were many people sitting along the “parade route.” When I made my second stop, I found out it was the “Run for the Wall.” I talked to several people, and they explained what this was. I was honored to be a part of this great program as a spectator as well as to honor the veterans, lost ones and the unaccounted for members.

It pleased me to see people taking time out of their everyday busy schedules to show their support for the veterans. I also saw the students from Casey Middle School standing outside of the school and across the over-the-road bridge to show their support as well. What a great sight to see. Thank you to the school. This was a time where I can certainly say I was in the right place at the right time.

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.