Run for the Wall ride returns to Williams May 15

Local veterans salute riders in the 2018 Run for the Wall. The riders return to Williams May 15. They are expected around 6:45 p.m. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

Local veterans salute riders in the 2018 Run for the Wall. The riders return to Williams May 15. They are expected around 6:45 p.m. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The 19th annual Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. will roll into Williams May 15.

Run for the Wall began in 1989 when two Vietnam veterans, James Gregory and Bill Evans, rode their bikes across the country talking to local radio stations, newspapers and television stations about the thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from U.S. wars.

According to the Run for the Wall organization, the need for this awareness continues today and the group continues this tradition every May. Public awareness is only part of the Run for the Wall. The ride provides all veterans the opportunity to get their own welcome home and start their healing process.

The Run for the Wall crew has been stopping in Williams for years. Some of the riders have made the ride annually for more than a decade.

Riders are expected to roll into Williams at 6:45 p.m. on May 15 and will be at the Legion shortly after for dinner. Run for the Wall riders will enjoy a hot meal in Williams courtesy of Williams’ American Legion Cordova Post 13. The public is invited to stop by, shake hands with riders and thank them for their service. On the morning of May 16, riders will have breakfast served by the Williams Kiwanis Club at Wild West Junction at 8 a.m.

Run for the Wall President Les “Easy” Williams said this year’s mission is set to be outstanding with many outreach missions and other programs along the routes.

American Legion Cordova Post 13 plans to have several riders joining Run for the Wall and will also be serving as greeters and security for the riders in Williams.

Breakfast on the morning of riders departure, May 16 will be provided by Wild West Junction. Riders will leave from Williams around 8 a.m. The public is welcome to come out to the east end of Williams to cheer them on.

More information about Run for the Wall is available at www.rftw.us.

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