On Thursday, the town of Rainelle will welcome in hundreds of veterans for their annual Run for the Wall event. It’s a weekend to celebrate the ones who fought for our country, and Rainelle leaves nothing up to chance.
Preparing to host a weekend filled with hundreds of veterans, is no small task. Chief of Police JP Stevens says that’s especially true when it comes to traffic patterns. “We close off one lane of the road up through 60 in front of the elementary school and we reroute them. It takes plenty of people on these back streets to keep traffic flowing,” Stevens explains.
The hundreds of bikers will come down Route 60, do a loop through the town of Rainelle, and end at Rainelle Elementary School.
Monica Venable has been a part of this event since it started 27 years ago. She says there is a lot of effort that goes in to planning such an event, especially since it spans throughout the entire weekend, but the end result makes the effort worth while.
“It brings us together. I think we’re known as a very patriotic village, so to speak, we’re not a very large population by any stretch of the means but we love our veterans and we appreciate what they’ve done,” says Venable.
Both Stevens and Venable say that for a little town like Rainelle, the impact of such an event stretches well in to the community. The economic, educational, and emotional benefits are something to look forward to every year.
Some of the weekends events include a student and veteran reception at the elementary school, a Quilt of Tears display, and a Cody Wickline concert. The entry fee for the concert is one canned food item.