30th Annual Run for the Wall Travels through Monroe May 20-21

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 8:30am

Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council invites the media and interested parties to
attend the ribbon cutting event below.

30th Annual Run for the Wall Travels through Monroe May 20-21

The 30th annual Run For The Wall motorcycle pilgrimage will make its way into the Monroe
area on May 20, on its course to Washington, D.C., for annual Memorial Day weekend events.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council will host the formation during
a formal wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, May 21, 8:30 am, at the War Memorials
lawn between the Monroe City Hall and the Monroe City Court building.

The formation, which will encompass an estimated 500 to 800 riders, will travel across the I-20
corridor as part of the RFTW’s Southern Route with the mission to support all U.S. military
personnel and promote healing for all veterans, their families and their friends. The mission
also calls for an accounting and remembrance of all prisoners of war, missing in action and
killed in action.

The formation is expected to arrive in Monroe late Sunday afternoon, and will be the guests of
the Barak Shriners and AMVETs Post 66 for a brief ceremony and fish fry. The West Monroe
High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will provide a color guard and
will present its formal hat ceremony in honor of all POWs, MIAs and KIAs from all U.S.

The media and public are invited to this event, where Mayor Mayo will declare his official
proclamation in support of the formation.

The formation is expected to depart the Monroe Civic Center parking lot at approximately 9 am, escorted by Louisiana State Troopers and officers from various area law enforcement agencies. The formation will continue its travels across the country en route to the nation’s capital, where the riders will visit military memorials, to include the D-Day Memorial, the Vietnam Wall and Arlington National Cemetery. The weekend’s events will culminate with the Rolling Thunder parade, which features more than 500,000 riders from across the country.

The public is invited to gather on local overpasses to welcome the formation as it travels across Louisiana.

For more information and the itinerary for travels, please visit www.rftw.org.

Rod Washington
Public Relations/Media Coordinator
City of Monroe
(318) 329-2551 PHONE
(318) 329-3300 FAX
Email: rod.washington@ci.monroe.la.us

8-time winner of the Louisiana Municipal Association
Community Achievement Award
(2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016)

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