Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
May 24, 2017
Annual Run for the Wall moves through Lynchburg area
LYNCHBURG – The Southern Route of the 29th Annual Run for the Wall will visit the Lynchburg area before joining hundreds of other motorcyclists in greater Washington for Memorial Day. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds motorists to share the road with the large numbers of motorcycles that may be traveling together and riding state roads to promote a worldwide cause.
According to the Run for the Wall website, the purpose of this event 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 (POW/MIA); to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA); and to support for military personnel all over the world. The ride begins in California and groups of riders take several routes before joining together in the Washington area. Along the way, the ambassadors of the groups visit area veterans’ health facilities and memorials.
The Southern Route enters Virginia at Bristol. After a brief stop, the riders head to Wytheville for the night via I-81. On May 25, the group leaves Wytheville on Interstate 81, exits on 220 Alt. to U.S. 460 and makes a stop at both the Montvale Elementary School and National D-Day Memorial in Bedford before continuing on U.S. 460 and U.S. 460 Business to Lynchburg. The cyclists are expected to gather at a Timberlake Road business in the early evening. The next day, Friday, May 26, the group leaves Lynchburg early from a church on Greenview Drive via U.S. 460 to U.S. 29 and travels north to Interstate 64 heading to Staunton where the journey will continue on Interstate 81. The group will take Interstate 81 to Interstate 66 at Front Royal and will travel to Arlington and the greater Washington area where various activities will take place throughout the weekend.
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and motorists are reminded that motorcycles are legal vehicles and have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other motorists.
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