By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Run For The Wall (Information)
Needles, California: Motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2022 visited the small Colorado River desert community along historic Route 66 on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022.
The annual motorcycle ride which started their journey Wednesday morning in Ontario, California with three separate groups; Central Route Hub, Midway Route Hub and Southern Route Hub all departing east to Washington District of Columbia for Memorial Day 2022 which is on Monday, May 30th, 2022.
Motorcycle riders from the Central Route Hub group began arriving into the community at around 1:00 p.m. PT to fill up their motorcycles before rolling down North K Street, underneath the North K Street Underpass and rolling along historic Route 66 passing the Train Park toward a lunch gathering at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was there near the Train Park in Downtown Needles, California when the Run For The Wall 2022 arrived.
The motorcycle riders then departed Santa Fe Park rolling along historic Route 66, drove onto eastbound Interstate 40 passing the Five Mile Road overpass.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was there along the Five Mile Road overpass over eastbound Interstate 40 in Needles, California as the Run For The Wall 2022 drove by as a motorcycle rider stood and saluted.
The motorcycle riders continued along eastbound Interstate 40 later crossing the Colorado River into Mohave County, Arizona heading towards their next destination along their journey across the United States.
According to their website, the Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation, and in May hundreds of motorcycle riders including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, ride across United States ending on Memorial Day for a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, District of Columbia where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.
Since that first ride across the United States, Run For The Wall has experienced phenomenal success and growth, carrying out their Mission each May from 1989 to the present.
Run For The Wall’s mission 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.
Although the Run For The Wall® Mission emphasizes healing for all veterans, and accounting for those killed or missing in action from all wars, our focus to this point had been primarily on the Vietnam war, and the majority of our ridership reflected service from that era. With many of our riders beginning to “age out” from participation in such a strenuous event, RFTW began exploring ways to attract younger veterans and active-duty riders to whom the torch would eventually pass. The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, a monument located in Marseilles, Illinois, commemorates the servicemen and women who gave their lives in any of the Middle East conflicts since 1967. Incorporating this memorial into the RFTW mission seemed a natural bridge between the “Old Guard” and our younger veterans. In 2018, planning began for a fourth route to take riders to this memorial. The usual “Recon” of this route took place in 2019, under the leadership of Marcel “Senior” Miller. Unlike the other routes that travel the width and breadth of the country simultaneously, “Sandbox Route” is designed to pick up where the other routes leave off. Once the Memorial Day weekend RFTW ceremonies in Washington, D.C. are complete, Sandbox Route departs on its three-day journey to Marseilles, IL, for a separate tribute to those who served and sacrificed in our country’s current conflicts. This “WALL 2 WALL” concept embodies the best of all our routes and gives a fuller meaning to our current status as “Four Routes, One Mission.”
Throughout all these changes, our mission and philosophy have remained constant and unwavering. We promote healing among ALL veterans, and their families and friends; we call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA); we honor the memory of all those killed in action from all wars; and we support our military personnel all over the world. We strive to maintain a safe, supportive, and private atmosphere in which all participants can reflect and heal on their journeys to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, IL, in the hope that they can return home to a new beginning.
You can find out more information about the Run For The Wall including their routes, how the Run for the Wall began and how to register to participate on their website.
Safe travels to all who are riding, and communities please come out along their routes and show your support for those who gave so much for us all.