Each year since 1989, a group of former service men and women and their families have straddled their bikes in a ride from California to Washington, D.C. The purpose, as it has always been, is one of healing, accountability and honor.
The vast group of motorcyclists who participate in â€śRun for the Wallâ€ť will stop in Big Spring Saturday morning en route to the nation's capitol. The public is encouraged to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial before the riders move on. It is anticipated they will arrive between 9:45 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.
â€śIt's really important that we support these people,â€ť said Jerry Groves, public information officer for the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial Committee. â€śThey do this for what Run for the Wall means. It's about keeping alive the memory our POWS and MIAs. We still have a lot of MIAs, and not just from Vietnam but from World War II and Korea as well.â€ť
Run For The Wall was started in 1989 by a couple of Vietnam veterans who traveled across America on motorcycles, talking to local radio, television and newspapers about men and women still unaccounted for from war â€” all wars. Their mission was four-fold:
â—Ź to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends;
â—Ź to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA);
â—Ź to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars; and
â—Ź to support the nation's military personnel all over the world.
â€śIt means a great deal to all veterans. It means a great deal to these veterans coming Saturday. It means a lot to the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial Committee. It means a lot to me,â€ť said Groves, a Vietnam-era veteran. â€śPlease, show your support. Tell them how much you appreciate them.â€ť