Supporters of Run for the Wall display a large American flag from the Walkenhorst Road overpass before riders arrive to refuel in Concordia Monday, May 22. The flag, provided by Saline County resident Charlie Guthrie, has been displayed for previous years’ rides, as well.
Through three different routes that stretch from Southern California to Washington, D.C., Run for the Wall draws hundreds of motorcyclists to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to foster healing among veterans and to promote awareness of POW/MIAs. Concordia, a small Lafayette County town through which Interstate 70 passes, has hosted lunch and a reception for riders for nine years. Groups such as the one pictured often park at overpasses to wave and cheer on the veterans making the journey. This year’s Run for the Wall was scheduled for May 17-26. It was establish by Vietnam veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans in 1989 when they traveled across the country speaking to media about servicemen and women unaccounted for from all wars. The event takes place each May.