LAS CRUCES – The 30th Run For The Wall cross-country veterans motorcycle ride will make its way through Las Cruces on May 17 and 18.
The event seeks to honor POW and MIA military personnel, as well as the sacrifices of all veterans. The mass ride consists of three routes — the central, midway and southern — that join together in Washington, D.C.
Veterans of all recent conflicts, those on active duty and non-veteran supporters will be riding for those who can’t participate themselves.
The southern route will begin May 16 in Ontario, California and arrive about 6 p.m. May 17 at Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley-Davidson, 2600 Lakeside Drive. Las Crucens are invited to show support by welcoming the riders as they arrive.
On May 18, riders will begin the day with breakfast at the American Legion Post No. 10 in Las Cruces and then make their way to Las Cruces Veterans Memorial Park, 1151 Roadrunner Parkway, for a wreath-laying ceremony. They’re slated to arrive shortly after 8 a.m.
The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public, as well. The RFTW riders will continue their journey, leaving the park at 8:54 a.m.
Support for the events comes from the city of Las Cruces Police Department, Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley-Davidson, Sonoma Family Dental, Andele Restaurante, Adams Radio Group, Pic Quik and the American Legion Post No. 10.
Run For The Wall was started in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans, two Vietnam Veterans who traveled across the heartland of America on motorcycles, according to the event’s website. The trip is a 10-day ride from Ontario, California, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., where the event officially ends. Riders meet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial just before noon on the Saturday before Memorial Day.
For information, routes or how to support Run For The Wall, visit
Rftw.us . For info on the Las Cruces stop, contact New Mexico coordinator Arthur “Double A” Ambriz at 575-574-0446.
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