VFW Greets ‘Run for the Wall’ Riders in Missouri
VFW covers nearly $5,000 worth of gas for riders
May 22, 2013
The Membership department at VFW
National Headquarters joined local VFW members in Concordia, Mo., to pay
tribute to motorcyclists participating in the annual cross-country “Run for the
Wall” motorcycle ride.
Between 300 and 400 riders made a
pit stop in Concordia as they journeyed to the Vietnam Memorial in
Washington, D.C., to honor veterans of past and
current wars who never made it back home.
Flags lined the road as members
of the community cheered for the riders as they entered town.
show their appreciation to the riders, community members provided a picnic
lunch featuring music and vendors. Concordia VFW Post 5649 set up a booth where
the picnic was held, and Post members expressed their gratitude to the riders
and even signed up new VFW members.
from Gail’s Harley Davidson attended the event and offered assistance to those
experiencing minor bike problems.
Before the riders hit the road
again, the VFW covered nearly $5,000 in gas for every biker to fill his tank. “Every rider
continues down the road with a full tank of fuel knowing the VFW honors and
supports them and their brothers and sisters who never made it back from Vietnam,” says Corey Cornett, the VFW’s
Associate Director of Membership. The VFW has sponsored the fuel stop for
As the riders rode out of town,
local residents lined Main Street to give them a proper send-off.
annual event is one the VFW plans to continue participating in. “Supporting the
‘Run for the Wall’ is a great way to let the riders, who are nearly all
veterans, know that the Veterans of Foreign Wars supports what they’re doing.
It allows us to speak with hundreds of veterans and prospective members and let
them know what the VFW is all about,” says Cornett.
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