Valley Park in Hurricane will be the Day 8 stopover for about three hundred Run For The Wall bikers on Wednesday, May 24.
The Wall is the wall which stretches almost 500 feet at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC and is inscribed with the names of service members who were classified as dead, missing, or prisoner during the course of the conflict.
The bikers are on a mission that began in 1989 “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.”
RFTW was discontinued because of Covid in 2020 and 2021. Last year, Day 8 stopover was in Nitro. Valley Park last hosted RFTW in 2019.
The RFTW bikers departed from Ontario, California, on May 16th.
Their Day 8 2023 will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT in Corydon, Indiana. The bikers are scheduled to pull off I-64 in Hurricane at 5:15 p.m.
Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards is calling for all who possibly can to come out and greet the bikers. “It is a time to wave the flag and greet those who ‘ride for those who cannot.’
“It is important to show our support for veterans. It is important for our kids to learn. It is a time for parents and grandparents to teach and a time for children to learn,” Edwards stated.
The RFTW bikers will depart from Hurricane on Thursday (Day 9), stopover in Lewisburg, and arrive in Washington DC on May 26 (Day 10).