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MEMORIAL DAY — A TIME TO REMEMBER: American Legion Post 187, Run-For-The-Wall Deliver ‘Freedom Not Free’ Message

Lead Run-For-The-Wall bikers were greeted by waving onlookers at Valley Park in Hurricane on Wednesday May 24th.

Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, was established to honor the soldiers who perished in the cause perserving the Union and making way for the end of slavery. The day quickly transitioned into a day to honor all who had perished in the defense of their country, both the Union and the Confederacy. The observance was again extended to honor those who died in future wars.

Memorial Day is not a day of celebration for members of the American Legion or the several hundred bikers who participate in the 10-day journey from California to Washington DC. It is a day when they remember the faces of family members and friends who never returned from foreign wars.

All who have served in the military and have come home know that their fate could have been as the thousands that did not.

Members of Legion Post #187 and RFTW bikers have a long weekend because memories make it so. To them, honoring the fallen is their Reasonable Service.

RFTW bikers received a warm welcome at Valley Park.
The POW-MIA flag flies at Valley Park for all them who never came home.
Spectators gathered early at Valley Park to welcome RFTW.
RFTW support vehicles provide needed service to bikers in emergencies.
Members of James E. Marshall Post 187 conducted a service honoring those who have given their life to preserve America’s freedoms at Valley View Memorial Park in Hurricane on Monday, May 29.
Old Glory is raised from half-staff at 12:00 p.m. in Memorial Day observances.
A small crowd of all ages attended ceremonies at Valley View Memorial Park.
Post members prepare to execute the 21-gun salute.
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