32nd Annual Run for the Wall to stop in Mt. Vernon
One mission, three routes. The mission of Run for the Wall (RFTW) 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 central route of RFTW will once again stop in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to fuel and have lunch on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. More than 300 bikes are expected to arrive in Mt. Vernon via I-64 to exit 95 at 10:45 a.m. They will fuel their bikes at the Hucks located at 34th & Broadway. From there, they will stage in the Rural King parking lot and parade to Mt. Vernon Airport where a dedicated committee and a few student organizations from several area schools will provide a fried chicken dinner and other amenities for the riders. A flag ceremony will be conducted by Mt. Vernon American Legion and Terri Sullivan will sing the National Anthem.
“So many people and groups come together to make this a great stop for the riders,” commented assistant state coordinator for RFTW, Angela Schrum. “Dave Parkhill is the State Coordinator this year and has done a great job getting all the details lined out with the committee. Mt. Vernon Airport are impeccable hosts, and the venue is ideal for the crowd. Our emergency services are integral in getting the riders in and through Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County safely. It is a genuine team effort and an honor to be a part of.”
Mt. Vernon is the only Illinois stop for RFTW each year. Funds are raised by local volunteers to provide a fried chicken lunch and help pay for their fuel.
Pictured is a scene from a previous event.
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