Needles, CA: Community welcomes and gives thanks during the 27th Annual Run For The Wall.
The community showed their welcoming appreciation to all of the motorcycles riders participating in the 27th Annual Run For The Wall as they rode on into Needles, California to an event and private lunch at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015.
Residents, local businesses, community leaders, and first responders came out to welcome and give thanks to all of the men and women participating in the 27th Annual Run For The Wall and for their hard work and serve in our armed forces.
People held United States of America flags in front of their business like in front of Desert Communities Federal Credit Union and signs thanking all military veterans like a sign posted along the change link fencing overlooking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 just east of U.S. 95 (Highway 95) as motorcycles riders rode into Needles, California along Interstate 40, onto Needles Highway, along West Broadway, and stopping for lunch at Santa Fe Park.
** Video: 27th Annual Run For The Wall motorcycles entering Santa Fe Park from West Broadway: **
The Needles Chamber of Commerce as well as Needles Chamber of Commerce Member and local business owner Joe Jones helped in provided tents and equipment well Subway gave out sandwiches box lunches to motorcycles riders and Dairy Queen gave out ice cream and Gatorade to motorcycles riders as music played by the Fort Mojave Indian Band.
The City of Needles took over the event at Santa Fe Park for the 27th Annual Run For The Wall and made the event a City of Needles event and there will be no charge for the event to be at the park which City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget announced to members of the Needles City Council and to the public during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.
The team of hard working volunteers ranging from residents, local business owners, and community leaders and groups were seen all around Santa Fe Park handing out water, passing out box lunches, and handing out treats well giving thanks to all of the men and women who served in our armed forces.
From a Baker Emergency Medical Services Paramedic handing out candy to motorcycles riders, to employees from the Shell Gas Station and Westside Chevrolet Gas Station giving out food and cold drinks, to members of Set Free Church of Needles helping in setting up tents, to Colorado River Medical Center doing check ups on all motorcycles riders; a slice of everybody from our community was there to help and give thanks.
Artwork from children of our local elementary school were on displayed all around the park expressing what it mean to be an American means well near by, an artist name Russell Kromminga was there presenting his art work well talking to men and women who served in our armed forces about an art program that helps veterans.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Russell Kromminga, who serviced in the United States Air Force for 20 years and a Vietnam Veterans, about his art work as well as how his art work helps him cope with some of the things that many veterans returning from service go through, and gave strong advice for our returning home men and women of our armed forces and to all of the veterans going through stress and are looking for help.
** Video: ZachNews interview with Russell Kromminga: **
Many of the motorcycles riders enjoyed all of the hard work everybody did in putting this event together under the tall shade trees of Santa Fe Park
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with another artist who is riding with the group named Sunset, who serviced in the NAVY for 8 years, came on the ride from Chico, California and is so happy to see everybody come out and welcome us all into their community.
** Video: ZachNews interview with Sunset: **
After a plaque presentation, motorcycles riders got back on the road riding down Route 66, onto East Broadway, and got onto eastbound Interstate 40 heading east into Mohave County, Arizona on their way to Washington, District of Columbia to take part in Memorial Day Ceremony honoring and remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez got to capture the moment when the long line of motorcycles passing under the Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound Interstate 40 as a small group of people waved at the motorcycles riders as they head pass them.
** Videos: 27th Annual Run For The Wall motorcycles passing under Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound Interstate 40: **
The organization putting on the 27th Annual Run For The Wall promotes healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (P.O.W./M.I.A.), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (K.I.A.) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan Koster, a Situation Report or SIT REP. covering the Run For The Wall journey, about the Run For The Wall and what it means to see communities like Needles, California coming out and showing their support and thanks to all of the men and women who worked hard serving in our armed forces.
** Video: ZachNews interview with Dan Koster: **
The Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation.
Veterans of recent conflicts and those currently on active duty are especially welcome to join us as we ride for those who cannot.
** Pictures: 27th Annual Run For The Wall in Needles, California: **
** More information regarding the 27th Annual Run For The Wall as well as to following the motorcycles ride journey across the United States of America is at the following Run For The Wall website address: **
**** ZachNews would like to thank all of the men and women for their hard work in serving in our armed forces, and a big thanks to everybody who came together to welcome, give back, and give thanks to all of the men and women who served in our armed forces. Thank You !! ****