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RFTW Bikers to Make Nitro Stopover

Nitro will be the Day 8 stopover for about three hundred Run For The Wall bikers on Wednesday, May 22. The convoy of motorcycles will exit I-64 at Nitro at approximately 5:15 p.m.

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.”

Last year, Day 8 stopover was in Valley Park in Hurricane.

The RFTW bikers departed from Ontario, California, on May 15th.

Their Day 8 2024 will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT in Corydon, Indiana. The bikers are scheduled to pull off I-64 in Nitro at 5:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, motorcyclists will be greeted at Living Memorial Park and treated to dinner at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

The RFTW bikers will depart from Nitro on Thursday (Day 9), stopover in Lewisburg, and arrive in Washington DC on May 24 (Day 10).

Nick Hentges, the 2024 Central Route Coordinator, issued the following statement: “This year marks the 49th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, last updated March 1, 2024: 1,577 of our brothers and sisters are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Along with that number, there are 126 Cold War MIAs, mostly in or near China. Another 7,482 American service members are still missing from the Korean War.

“Additionally, 72,115 are unaccounted for from World War II. Since the Gulf Wars, September 11, 2001, and other conflicts, there are five more MIAs. Out of the 81,500 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Asian Pacific, and over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea (i.e., ship losses, known aircraft water losses, etc). Even though efforts of JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) have been responsible for the recovery of hundreds of remains, we must continue to remain vigilant in the pursuit to bring our missing home.

“American Service members are still on duty throughout the world to protect our Freedom and way of life. It is imperative to obtain a full accounting of our missing from all our Nation’s wars. As a part of the RFTW Mission, we conclude our annual Mission at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. on Saturday May 25, 2024.”

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