Run for the Wall returns May 22

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Run for the Wall will begin its 29th annual journey on May 17, and riders will make their ninth annual stop in Concordia on Monday, May 22.

Riders are expected to arrive around 11:45 a.m. and depart around 1:30 p.m. They stop in Concordia to refuel as well as have lunch. The Concordia Run for the Wall committee is asking for people to line Main Street to greet the riders as they come to town and to also give them a big send off.

RFTW was started in 1989 by Vietnam veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans, who were concerned that the United States had thousands of men and women unaccounted for from all the nationís wars.

The mission of the organization 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 2017 ride across America will follow three separate routes from Ontario, Calif., to Washington D.C. The stated goals of the ride are to: guide participants across America; educate future generations about the importance of accountability in wartime actions, emphasizing that no one should be left behind; and participate in Rolling Thunder in support of their demand for government accountability for POW/MIA.

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