MT. VERNON — Motorcyclists with the Run for the Wall will be stopping in the city for lunch and refueling on Tuesday.
“They have been stopping in Mt. Vernon for many years, and we want to continue to make it a special part of their trip,” said local coordinator Jennifer Witzel. “This is their 26th years for the stop in Mt. Vernon.”
Run for the Wall is an event which recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Its mission is 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, to honor the memory of those killed in action from all wars and to support our military personnel all over the world.”
The ride has three routes — the Midway, Southern and Central Route. Each ride starts on the west coast with different routes which converge in Washington, D.C., at the Vietnam War Memorial on Memorial Day. One of the routes comes directly through Mt. Vernon, and the stop for refueling and lunch has become a tradition.
This year, between 300 and 400 riders will stop in the city at about 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday for refueling at Circle K on Illinois Route 15 and Interstate 57, and proceed to Dale’s Harley Davidson to be staged for the next leg of the trip and enjoy lunch.
“A lot of volunteers gather to help make this a good stop while they are on their trip,” Witzel said. “Abate Chapter 27 and Debbie Martin have volunteered to supply items for them including Gatorade and sunscreen; Dale’s is providing the location as well as food for the riders; the Jefferson County Sheriff will meet the group at the county line and escort them to Dales and then out of town; both Rotary Clubs will be helping as well as the American Legion Post 141 Honor Guard.”