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Central Route 2020 “VIRTUAL” Sitrep Day 9

Central Route 2020 “VIRTUAL” Sitrep Day 9

May 23, 2019 – Day 9 – Hurricane, WV to Lewisburg, WV

Day 9 is the day we go to Rainelle to see the kids.  This is the school we have raised all the money for.  On our way, we stop in Charleston WV.

 Random people will stop and salute the Run.  I am always amazed at the American support that we get.

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As we pull into the Capitol, this young man has been standing every year on this same block for RFTW since he was one. He is now 16.  He stands there the whole time the bikes are rolling in.  I hope he will be there next year.  He is an amazing person.

 

His sister, mom and grandmother. His grandmother worked in one of the buildings at the capital.  The grandmother’s husband is a Vietnam vet. He served from 1966-1969.  One year actually in Vietnam as a radio operator.

They have been married for 50 years.  I admire the women who have stated with their husband from the Vietnam War.  They too have suffered.  Many of our soldiers have changed and have problems with coping yet they have stayed with them. Thanks ladies.  This goes also for any women that served.  Thanks guys for sticking with your wives. 

Here is her husband.

 

The West Virginia Veterans Memorial is a two-story oval shaped monument honoring more than 10,000 West Virginians who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the nation in twentieth century conflicts. Composed of four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool, the interior walls are faced in polished black granite etched with the names of these men and women. 

The 4 wars are WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam

 

 We move back to the Step to get a group shot of the Central Route.  Hopefully next year we get the same number of people.

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 As we head to Rainelle, there are people all along the 35+ miles.

 

 The road is great.  Beautiful West Virginia windy roads.  Last year is was a very sunny day.

 

Check out the reception from last year!!!! 

 

 The kids treat us as movie stars.  They want OUR autograph.   Pretty funny.  Most of us have brought trinkets, pens, pins…. to give the kids.  It is like Halloween. 

 

 

Quote: 

         Heroes do not wear capes, they wear dog tags.