Today is the day we go to Rainelle to see the kids. This is the school we have raised all the money for. Last day for he military and platoon challenges, last day for auction….
Every day before we leave for our platoon meetings , Eamon leaves us with 2 things:
They shall not grow old as we who are left behind grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morn
We shall remember them
Lest we forget
2) HOW FAR ARE WE GOING?
ALL THE WAY!!!!
We go to the parking lot today and Tom, the ARC’s bike is covered. Tom was he head road guard captain for year. As a rookie road guard, you get your bike trashed at some point on the trip.
I guess they put the rookie up to it.. LOL
Random people will stop and salute the Run. They know what it is all about and respect it.
Stuck in traffic heading into Charleston we go past a school bus. They we scream and waving…
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.
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
The 4 wars are WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
We move back to the Step to get a group shot of the Central Route. Pretty many people.
The road is great. Beautiful West Virginia windy roads. Enjoy the ride and the people out there supporting us.
Now that we have stopped, and put kickstands down, we can go see the kids. They want OUR autograph. Pretty funny. Most of us have brought trinkets, pens, pins…. to give the kids. It is like Halloween. Enjoy the pics.
This lady is the daughter of the police chief that back in 1989, he started the veterans parade with Gunny. She wants her son from the time he is born to be able to participate in this day.
This lady was 1 when the first riders came thru. She has not missed one and she does not what her kids to either. Amazing…
Kim is the principle. She is exstatic about the amount of money that RFTW has donated. Just a side note. RFTW also bought every child a coat, hat and glove when a flood struck.
Several of the elementary kids sang for the riders. Here is part of the song:
Oh my, no one told me I needed a tissue for today.