RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — A Memorial Day weekend tradition roared back into Greenbrier County on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
Hundreds of veterans, and people supporting veterans, rode into Greenbrier County as part of the annual cross country, Run For The Wall.
The trip is a 10-day motorcycle ride from Ontario, California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Each year, they stop in Rainelle and are greeted with cheers and smiles from the community and students from the elementary school.
Veterans also took time out to sign autographs, pose for pictures and tell war stories to the kids.
Run For The Wall rider, Mike Moran, said everyone riding their motorcycles are supporting the same cause.
“It’s just a top-notch group of guys and gals, a bunch of people all with one commitment, to ride for those who can’t,” Moran said.
Rusty Brown is a State Coordinator in Kansas for RFTW; he said the cross-country ride can be therapeutic for many veterans.
“It’s also part of healing. Now the vets are back together; they’re with people that are like-minded, and have been through the same thing,” Brown said.
The celebrations will continue into the weekend and include a music festival, parade and candlelight vigil.
2018 marks the 30th year for the event.