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2021 Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor — Hosted by Midway Route

2021 Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor — Hosted by Midway Route

Come join the fun in Tennessee over 4th July weekend. We will be riding half way across the State of Tennessee. Planned activities include 2 wreath laying ceremonies, Song Writers Night Out, Moonshine Harley Davidson Dealer party, visit VA hospital and ride into Cookeville for dinner and 2nd largest firework show in Tennessee, ride to Sunbright Veterans Memorial and Brushy Mountain Prison and Distrillery… open evenings in Memphis and Nashville, and – and – and.

Friday, 2 July
1500 – 1700 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
1730 – 1800 Rider Meeting Hotel Parking Lot
1800 – until Dinner On Your Own Downtown Or Beale Street Music and Blues!

Saturday, 3 July
0700 – 0800 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0850 Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 – 0915 St Mary’s Catholic Church West Parking Lot (Rider Meeting)
0915 – 0925 Blessing of the Bikes
0930 – 1100 I-40 to Exit 108 Parkers Crossroad, TN State Veterans Cemetery
1100 – 1130 Lay Wreath (693 Wildersville Road, Wildersville, TN)
1140 – 1250 Parkers Crossroads City Park (Subway $7.00 ea.) (1:10 Lunch Stop)
1300 – 1330 Fuel Stop Marathon (Gas and GO)
1330 – 1540 Ride to Host Hotel, Drury Plaza, Franklin, TN
1715 – 1800 Lobby Reception / Registration
1830 – 1855 Stage & Ride to Kimbro’s ($10.00 ea. cover / pay as you go bar & food)
1900 – until Song Writers @ Kimbro’s Pickin Parlor, Franklin, TN or On Your Own
Sunday, 4 July 2020
0800 – 0830 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0900 Hot Breakfast @ Drury Plaza Hotel
1030 – 1045 Rider Meeting Hotel Parking Lot
1050 – 1100 Hotel Parking Stage for ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson
1100 – 1110 Ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson (Free Lunch) Or Lunch On Your Own
1100 – 1300 Moonshine HD (2:00 Lunch)
1300 – 1310 Stage for ride to Cookeville, TN
1310 – 1530 VA Hospital Visit Murfreesboro, TN (1:00 Visit)
1530 – 1700 Arrive Leslie Town Center, Cookeville
1700 – 1900 Reception and Dinner Cookeville (Auction for Sunbright Veterans Memorial)
1940 – until Stage Hotel Parking Lot then Move to Fireworks & Return (LEO Escort)

Monday, 5 July 2020
0800 – 0815 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0830 Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
0845 – 0900 Hotel Parking Stage (Rider Meeting)
0900 – 1030 Arrive Sunbright Veterans Memorial
1030 – 1115 Memorial Service Wreath Laying (01:00)
1115 – 1155 Arrive Brushy Mountain Prison/Distillery/Gift Shop
1155 – 1450 Brushy Mountain Lunch/Self Guided Tour ($25.00 ea.)
1500 – 1530 Arrive Petro’s Marathon (00:30 Gas and Go)
1530 – 1705 Arrive Host Hotel (End of Mission) Dinner On Your Own
Note: All times Central Daylight Time (Sunbright and Brushy Mountain are on Eastern Daylight Time
HOTEL LIST

Memphis, TN (2 July 2021)
Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown
300 N. Second Street., Memphis, TN 38103
Reservation Number: 1-901-525-1800 or 1-800-2CROWNE
Group Rate: $119.00 (Plus $3.00 Parking Per Room)
Group Name: Run-For-The-Wall Veterans Reunion 2021

Franklin, TN (3 July 2021)
Drury Plaza Hotel
1874 West McEwen Ave., Franklin, TN 37067
Reservation Number: 1-800-325-0720
Group Number: 2437401 (Rate $127.00)
Group Name: Veteran’s Reunion, Run-For-The-Wall

Cookeville, TN (4 & 5 July 2021)
Country Inn & Suites
1151 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN 38506
Reservation Number: 1-931-525-6668
Group Rate $85.00
Group Name: Reunion Run-For-The-Wall

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Board of Director Openings

Run for the Wall - We Ride For Those Who Can't

The RFTW Board of Directors is soliciting applications from riders interested in serving on the Board. There will be a number of vacancies on July 1st, 2021 due to term limits.  Because sitting members have the option of moving into vacant seats, the vacancies are not being listed by Position.

Anyone is eligible to apply, but it should be understood that the Board places a high priority on experience and past service to the Run in leadership and service positions when evaluating candidates.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, please submit a resume with an overview of your work history and a detailed recounting of your RFTW experience, including your FNG year, the number of times you’ve ridden with RFTW (both as a Participant and ATW), which route(s) you’ve ridden, and what leadership or service positions you’ve held.  We also ask that you submit a short cover letter explaining why you wish to join the Board.  Please send these to me at dave.klemme@rftw.us

I hope to hear from you. Remember… decisions are made by those who step up.

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President’s Message December 2020

President’s Message:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our 2021 Route Coordinators I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a joyful holiday season. Moreover, we wish you all a very Happy and better New Year- which should not be hard as 2020 disappears in our rear-view mirrors.  Already the virus vaccine looks like something we can be grateful for, especially concerning the nation’s health. I am also grateful we will get the chance to complete our thirty-second annual Run For The Wall next spring.

The December Board of Directors opened this month with a virtual briefing from our new Washington DC Coordinator, Gail Dipple. Gail has contacted the hotels we are familiar with and is working on another hotel based on the current registration numbers. Additionally, we are all working to make RFTW routes more efficient and safer arrivals into Arlington. We will once again ask folks to avoid driving into the Holiday Inn’s parking lot if you do not have a reservation with them.

On the West Coast, California state coordinator Carol Olmstead has completed her hotel contracts which will be published along with all route hotel lists on Jan. 1, 2021. The combined hotels will have plenty of rooms available to meet our needs all across the country. In California, conference rooms will be available along with a vendor area. Please keep reading your route coordinator’s monthly briefings for any further details of hotels and other RC updates.

With the start of December, I was waiting for stories and documentaries on the attack on Pearl Harbor that occurred Dec. 7, 1941. I was disappointed there was so little on television or the Internet. What was framed as “the day that will live in infamy” by President Roosevelt as he declared war on Japan seemed minimized in contrast to last year.

The History Channel did have a good historical review that outlined the “lead up” to Pearl Harbor, then the attack itself.

There is much in our history that should not be forgotten or minimized, and I believe that keeping dates – such as the day Pearl Harbor was attacked – in focus is the duty of veterans and veteran organizations who know more than most the pain and life-changing events of warfare.

Please join me in marking historical days on your 2021 calendar in remembrance of service members and their families, that they are not forgotten.  “We ride for those who can’t.”

Thank You

As I conclude the last message of 2020, I would like to thank all the riders and supporters of Run For The Wall for your loyalty, energy and the time you donate to Run For The Wall.  Your participation is critical to each year’s success. Each year we reach out to riders and supporters seeking skills that are needed to fill positions on the routes, board committees and Board of Directors. At this time, we are seeking someone willing to serve on the BOD as Risk Management Director. If you are interested, please click on the following link to read the required skills:  https://rftw.us/forums/topic/seeking-applicants-for-director-of-risk-management-registration-2021/   If you are qualified  please send a resume to Diann McKee at diann.mckee@rftw.us.

Once again have a great holiday season, a blessed Christmas, and hold your family close.

Is it May yet?

Respectfully submitted,
Les “Easy” Williams
President Run For The Wall, Inc

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Board of Directors Openings

The RFTW Board of Directors is soliciting applications from riders interested in serving on the Board. There will be three (3) vacancies on July 1st, 2020 due to term limits.  The positions being vacated are Treasurer, Director of Merchandise, and Director of Operations & Training.  Because sitting members have the option of moving into vacant seats, these may not be the same positions being filled.

Anyone is eligible to apply, but it should be understood that the Board places a high priority on experience and past service to the Run in leadership and service positions when evaluating candidates.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, please submit a resume with an overview of your work history and a detailed recounting of your RFTW experience, including your FNG year, the number of times you’ve ridden with RFTW (both as a Participant and ATW), which route(s) you’ve ridden, and what leadership or service positions you’ve held.  We also ask that you submit a short cover letter explaining why you wish to join the Board.  Please send these to dave.klemme@rftw.us by March 31st, 2020.

We hope to hear from you. Remember… decisions are made by those who step up.

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RFTW is looking for a few good people to fill expiring terms. If interested, please submit your resume to one of the current board members.

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter – June 2021 #3

Greetings RFTW family!

I am writing to let you know that we are cancelling the July 2nd reunion in Tennessee. We just did not have the interest to justify the support and resources we had in place. As I mentioned in my last letter, many people did rides for Memorial Day and July 2nd is just too soon to have another event. I appreciate the ones who registered and I am sorry that we must cancel. We will refund any money paid for the reunion.

Now we will begin to set our sights on our 2022 mission. We will make it happen. I hope all of our leaders and support teams will return. We have a great team on Midway and I am honored to work and ride with all of you.

I want to encourage all of you to consider attending the reunions hosted by Southern and Central. We have a little more time before those are here. I will do my best to make them if I can and look forward to seeing everyone who is able to attend. I miss all of you ladies and gentlemen and hope you are all well.

Thank you for your continued support!
Honor, Hope & Healing

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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President’s Message May 2021

Run for the Wall - We Ride For Those Who Can't

Here’s hoping you were able to ride on Memorial Day and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Whether you stayed locally or rode many miles to pay your respects – you did your duty. Just after many of us returned home (Connie and I visited the Missouri Veterans Memorial in Perryville, photo at right by Maz, and the Middle East Conflicts Wall in Marseilles, Ill.), it was in time for our annual remembrance of the D-Day landing at Normandy. June 6, 1944, was one of the largest and boldest amphibious operations every conducted. The landing was preceded by a night airborne insertion behind enemy lines that turned the course of the battle on June 6. This allied operation pushed through to Germany, liberating French, Belgium and Jewish citizens from the scourge of the Nazi regime leading to their surrender on May 7, 1945. Without question those efforts in Europe saved the citizens of freedom-loving nations around the world. I hope you had a chance to pay an additional tribute to that operation that ended 76 years ago.  Many in Washington, DC paid tribute on June 6.

Last Thursday the Board of Directors held their June meeting with route coordinators and the new members of the board.  It was a time to say goodbye to Ray Brammer, Ken Ward, Don Burns and Diann McKee after their faithful service to Run For The Wall. (I, too, am finishing up my second and final term.) The board then welcomed new directors Bill Clark, Jenny Ward, Joe Bookataub, Ted Kapner and Ron King. The new board members will take over their duties on July 1, 2021.

During the course of the meeting, it was noted that the rftw.us website did not contain any information on our on-going fundraiser for Home For Our Troops. After some discussion it was decided to get that information on the home page quickly. Our new communications director Ted Kapner inserted that information on the site and created a new feature that will reveal how the fundraiser is doing month-to-month. To see this new feature, go to rftw.us and wait two seconds. Unlike Facebook’s file, this one will not expire monthly – it will simply update the results of the three pathways we are currently using to send donations. Thanks to Ted for his clever creation and help.

While I’m on the topic of the fundraiser I want to mention I got a message from a mom who lives in Aurora, Colo., this week who knows about our fundraiser and mentioned it to her daughter – who mentioned it to two of her friends. Over the weekend the nine-year old girls decided to set up a lemonade and muffin stand with all the proceeds going to our fundraiser for Homes For Our Troops. I think they will do well with folks passing by the stand because their smiles are irresistible. Thanks, girls.

Well, with that RFTW business complete, I would like to send a big thank you to the outgoing directors and their spouses for their heartfelt service to Run For The Wall. They all contributed a ton of time making the past six years a success for the organization and the riders. The challenges they dealt with were, at times, monumental – with the age of lawsuits, social media uproars and pandemics. They did their jobs and overcame issues that, at first glance, looked insurmountable. I am proud to have served with all of them and I wish the incoming board members the very best. I know you all will support them in their new endeavors. As we have grown more and more technical in our director positions, I want to encourage all riders to step up and share your skills in these areas as they come available. Speaking of being technical, I would also like to thank my friend and mentor, Harlan Olson, who started me on this BOD mission.

So, with that said, this will be my last president’s message and I want to thank you for your support and encouragement over the last six years. Your new president, Dave “Papa Smurf” Klemme will take over on July 1. He is an outstanding leader and is on top of the issues that Run For The Wall deals with annually. The corporation is in good hands.

In closing I would also like to thank our two state coordinators from California and Washington, DC and all of the others in between. Carol Olmstead is the volunteer who makes our Ontario hotels and schedule work. She works tirelessly to make our four days in Ontario a success each year. She is truly Run For The Wall’s version of the “energizer bunny.” She makes things happen you would not believe. Thanks, Carol, you’re the best.

Gail Dipple is our Washington, DC state coordinator and like Carol she is driven to help make RFTW a success. Gail contracts all the hotels in Washington and all the events we enjoy in Washington. She, too, gets things done for all the riders and works hard for you all. Thanks, Gail you, too are the best. John Staub was our DC coordinator prior to joining the BOD. These two state coordinator positions work closely with the BOD president so we have had hundreds of phone calls, emails and “situations” to work through together.

There are many others to thank, including all of the riders and staff who make this team work. There is no organization like this one in the world. Take care of it and guard it each and every day. See you all on RFTW 2022.

One Mission – Four Routes.

Respectfully Submitted,
Les “Easy” Williams
RFTW BOD President

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Southern Route Coordinator News – June 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

June, 2021

 

Greetings Everyone,

While it was Great riding across this Wonderful Country of Ours, it Good to be back home in Nevada.  Confetti and I just returned yesterday after 20 days, 6,896 miles, over 20 states on the road.  Along the way we visited with many of our Southern Route supporters and pledged to return in 2022 with ALL of You SR Riders.  We were also to present $1,000 Educational Grant checks to the 3 high school senior winners of our Southern Route essay contest.   I will post pictures in my next newsletter.  You will be pleased to know that your contributions will further the education of a future doctor and 2 engineers.

It was heartwarming to see how many of you made it to the Vietnam Memorial “Sister Wall” in Perryville, MO and the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in Marseilles, IL.  My hat is off to those of you who went from LA to DC.

Most of you are home now safely, I hope.  All I heard of is some tire issues and broken parts.  Oh, and some sunburn and something I’d never heard of before “rainburn”.  I’m not sure how you get it or treat it.  Hopefully all will recover.

Now it’s time to embrace the  Reunion Season.  I have talked a lot about The Kerrville, TX Reunion, but first comes the “Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor” in Tennessee. The Midway Route folks have been working day and night to put this together for ALL RFTW Riders.  I hear tell that there is a massive fireworks show planned for July 4th.  The link below has a ton of details.  Check it out and SIGN UP right away.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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RFTW SandBox RC Newsletter – JUN 2021 – SB Supporter Run/Safe on Deck Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

Back in the day when I was flying as a Tomcat RIO, I was quite aware of the risks and rewards or my profession – and I had great appreciation and respect for both.  I knew family back home was aware of them too so whenever flying from home base or around the country, one of my first priorities was to contact home with a “Safe on Deck” call.  Over the course of the past two weeks, while I traveled on what I called the SB Supporter Run, I made and received many of those calls – made them back home and to many of my RFTW Family members who knew I was traveling and received just as many from those who knew I was following their own journey.

CDR Joe “Rug” Burns & LT Billie “Bugs” Dunlap after the last ever
Navy Reserve F-14 Tomcat Trap, completed aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), 26JUL1998

The purpose of my SB Supporter Run was a personal mission to visit as many of our SandBox Route supporters as possible to ensure they also know that we as an organization and as a group of individual motivated patriots are Safe on Deck.  That our dedication to the RFTW Mission is intact and strong and that we appreciate their continued patience and support.  Along the Run, I met with Service Station Managers, Motorcycle Dealership Owners, Police Chiefs and Officers, County Sheriffs, Restaurant Managers, VFW Post Directors and many others to present them with a framed Certificate of Appreciation or Plaque and to ensure that they knew we were not slowing down or pulling back.  Every single one of the folks with whom I met shared that same dedication to supporting the Run and its Mission  next year.  In meeting with city leaders, I discovered that they too are ready to break out of the shell in which we’ve been held for well over a year now and they see our Mission as a way to reaffirm to themselves and their communities that the Patriotic American Spirit remains strong and is worth demonstrating in full force.

My post-mission report to you, our loyal and dedicated SandBox Rider is that our Run is Strong, our Mission is Steadfast, and our Route will be EPIC!

I’d like to thank my exceptional brother and long-time friend, Sam “Polar Bear” Warner who rode with me and helped escort the SandBox Route Plaque across almost 4000 miles including our SandBox Route through all weather before laying it at the Middle East Conflicts Wall on Memorial Day.  He was able to post real time updates on our trip while giving me top-cover to quietly travel on this Mission to support our Route.  I’d also like to thank Tom “Kid” Schultz and Brandon “Five-O” McCray for riding with me and setting up some very important meetings along the way, not to mention some awesome back roads during a side-trip in Ohio.

Bugs, Five-O and Polar Bear on US 22 in Ohio – Remembering the 22

Now for the good stuff…  On Tuesday, 06 JUL 2021 at 7pm Central, we’ll have our next SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Briefing.  At this briefing, I plan to discuss my travels along the route, review some of the details resulting from my meetings and reveal some of the plans now in work to make this Mission an event that will touch the hearts and minds of everyone along the way.  Yes, there will be photos.

So, the annual countdown to May has begun as I have received my first “Is it May yet?” from another close brother, Richard “Rags” Getchell shortly after we said our farewells at the MECW on Memorial Day.  On day at a time, one month at a time and before you know it, we’ll be standing tall for KSU from DC on 29MAY22.  For now, I’ll look forward to seeing you all online on 06JUL – ZOOM Link details will follow later.  Until then, “Safe on Deck” calls are appropriate and always welcome!

Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter- June 2021 #2

Greetings RFTW family!

I am writing today concerning our “Sunbright Veterans Tour of Honor” reunion in Tennessee. As of this time, we only have about 20 people registered and have hotel rooms booked. 

I understand that many of you made “Memorial Day” rides and have been on the road for many days.  Some of you have just made it back home.  The reunion is right around the corner and July 2nd will be here before we know it.  For some, this may be too much too soon.  I understand.  Unfortunately, If we do not have big enough interest in the July 2nd reunion, we will need to cancel.   We feel that having a small showing for an RFTW reunion would do more damage to our efforts and reputation in Tennessee than not having one.  It has taken many years of efforts to establish the amazing support we now have in Tennessee.  We cannot tap into these resources and show up with a handful of people.  Let me give you some information on the support we have lined up by our Tennessee State Coordinators:

  • Memphis Sherriff Department will be escorting us. They are planning on having more bikes to support us than we have registered right now!
  • Honor guard for Parkers Crossroad Memorial
  • Moonshine Harley Davidson is opening just to support us.  They were scheduled to be closed.
  • Commissioner of Veterans Services, State Representatives and Senators, US Congressman to attend and speak in Cookeville.
  • Cookeville, going all out feeding us and lining up entertainment.
  • Escorts in and out of the 2nd largest firework show in TN.
  • US Congressman to attend Sunbright Veterans Memorial

Our TN State and Assistant Coordinators have worked hard to maintain RFTW visibility and support in Tennessee.  We certainly do not want a poor showing to impact our future support.

If you are planning on attending the reunion, please register and book your hotel rooms ASAP.  If we do not have a minimum of 50 bikes confirmed for the reunion by June 15th, we will be forced to cancel.

The link to register is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSddvZrKfLGD_n5nMunmyvPROznSUU6srGHcnpcjujUiB24Q/viewform

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway Route Coordinator- Newsletter- June 2021

Greetings RFTW family!

Once again, this year’s Memorial Day was not the same without being with my RFTW family and communities that support our routes. However, RFTW is always in my heart and Memorial Day is still a special day no matter where you are. I know that all of my RFTW family will Never Forget those who have given their all for our country and our freedom. Many of you made your own rides and I appreciate all of you carrying on our mission. I hope you had great trips and made it home safe.

Now that we are in June, I want to remind everyone about our All routes reunion hosted by Midway. It will be here before you know it. I encourage all of you to register and book your hotels ASAP. July 2nd is right around the corner and your early registration will help our planning efforts. We are calling this years reunion in Tennessee the “Sunbright Vets Memorial Tour of Honor” Here is the link on our website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSddvZrKfLGD_n5nMunmyvPROznSUU6srGHcnpcjujUiB24Q/viewform

I was looking at the Midway Hub on the RFTW.US website and saw how the info could be confusing. There is tab that says “tour of Tennessee reunion information”. I will ask for that tab to be hid because that was the information for last years reunion! This years information is under the “Sunbright Vets Memorial Tour of Honor” tab. I apologize for any confusion that has caused. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone there! Our Tennessee State and Assistant Coordinators have put together a great reunion plan for us.

It soon will be time to focus on our plans for our 2022 route. Our Midway ARC, Jerry Wilkins and I will be reaching out to our leadership and support teams in the near future. The first thing we need to do for our planning for 2022 is to make sure we have our teams in place. We truly hope that everyone will be returning to their positions for our 2022 route. We would like to have all positions confirmed ASAP.

I appreciate all of the efforts of our Midway team. I know a lot of work has been done over the last two years and it has been very disappointing that we have not been able to implement our plans for the route. I m so thankful for all of you and hope that you will stick with us another year and make our route the best it can be for 2022.

Hope to see you all at the reunion and may God continue to bless America!

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter- May 2021

Greetings RFTW family,
I wish you all a respectful and heartfelt Memorial Day.

Cory Dugas - Back

I dedicate this newsletter to all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, and to my RFTW family members who, to this day, still struggle with the loss of their brothers/sisters who they served with.
Please bare with me as I do so through my selfish eyes as a father of a US Marine who served in the 2/8 in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost 16 of his brothers. My son Cory Dugas’ memorial back tattoo is pictured on the left. More work has been done since this picture. However, after all these years, it is still incomplete. The images of the 16 faces of his lost brothers continues to be worked on. His tribute should be completed soon.

Many of you may have seen the trip out west that some of our RFTW people and I just got home from. I was thrilled that I got to visit the memorial at Angle Fire for the first time. Really made our “Memorial Day” trip special.

I want to also dedicate this newsletter to two very special Marines to me. I carry their pictures and story with me on my bike 365 days a year. These two Marines are Cpl Johnathan Yale, USMC 2/8 and Cpl Jordan Haerter USMC 1/9.
These two young heroes were with my son in Al Anbar Province, Iraq when a terrorist bomber attack the camp. Jonathan and Jordan, of the now famous 6 seconds story, were at the gate and lost their lives stopping the truck rushing towards them. They saved my sons life as well as about 50 other Marines. It is because of their sacrifice and heroic actions as Marines, that I have my son today! They gave their lives so others may live. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

I know many of you have fought along side heroes like Jonathan and Jordan. My prayers are that they may be reaping their rewards for eternity in Heaven because they have already lived in hell. Also, for all of you to somehow be comforted in your grief and loss. I am so grateful for all who have served but today, we remember those who gave all. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.

I will send out another newsletter shortly with updates and reminders about our upcoming Tennessee reunion in July. However, I felt it was appropriate for this newsletter and dedication to stand on its own.

Have I told you lately?………………….. I love and miss my RFTW family!

Honor, Hope and Healing

Sincerely,
Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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May 2021 Central Route Coordinator News

Hello Central Route Riders.

I apologize for not writing an update for April 2021. There was no news but bad news. It is strange to be sitting at home the day before we all should have been leaving for Washington DC. The good thing about being in this dark depression for the last year or so, is that now we actually have some good news.

The Covid restrictions seem to be rapidly lifting across a good part of our country. Of course, the hope is that by May 2022, all of those restrictions will be in our rear view mirror. The Pentagon refused AMVETS’ permit for parking for the Rolling to Remember Parade, formerly known as Rolling Thunder, but RFK Stadium agreed to parade participants staging there. Although RFTW will not have an official presence there, many individual riders are either on their way to Washington DC, or are making plans to visit.

I hope all of you had an opportunity to read Les Williams’ latest President’s Message (https://rftw.us/presidents-message-may-2021/).  He did an excellent job explaining that RFTW is not just a bunch of folks who get on their motorcycles and head east each year. As a benevolent organization, we raise money for veteran organizations and help support some of the schools in the areas we pass through. No one in the RFTW organization receives a paycheck. A lot of people donate a tremendous amount of time and effort to make RFTW the success that it is. Please take a moment to read Les’ message if you haven’t done so already.

In June we will have a change in the board. On behalf of Central Route and myself, I would like to personally thank Les Williams, Ken Ward, Don Burns, Ray Brammer, and Diane McKee for their years of service and dedication. This was an especially trying time, with the cancellations of 2020 and 2021, along with major bureaucratic obstacles.

I know many of you will be getting on your bikes in the upcoming weeks. If you are wearing your RFTW vests, you are representing all of us. Do us proud. As my sailor friends say, “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

Looking forward to a 2022 run.

Stay Safe. God Bless the United States of America.

Ride safely and stay well. God Bless the United States of America.

Tom (Boomps) Miller
Run for the Wall
Central Route Coordinator

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Southern Route Coordinator News – May 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

May, 2021

 

Greetings from the Battle Born State of NV,

Well, It’s MAY!  These last 2 years we have battled with this pandemic and tried to Stay Positive with the hope that soon we would see it in our rear-view mirrors.  As in most battles, no one gets out without a scratch and many wounds are not visible.  LOVE of our God, Country and Family along with the HOPE that better days are ahead is what keeps us going.

The Run For The Wall Family Bond is Strong.  None of our Family should ever feel alone.  With Family often comes tragedy.  On May 12th Fred Marshall, the husband to Melissa “Angel” Marshall and Father to Jake passed away after a prolonged illness. Fred spent 76 days in the hospital in intensive care and hospice with very intense individual care and racked up quite a bill.  If you would like to send donations towards those bills, you can send direct to Melissa, please at Melissa Marshall, 1730 Crowndale Dr, Sumter, SC 29150    Flowers are welcome although Melissa would prefer living plants as a living memory of Fred, send to her address. 

Melissa and her Mom Wendy “Nurse One” are the Dynamic Duo of our Medical Team.  Her Dad is Doug “Sgt Maj” Lyvere one of our elite Road Guards.

There is also a FB page – “Facebook Fundraiser”, Help for Melissa and Jake

There will also be “FredFest”, a memorial celebration to be held on Saturday June 5.  For any details, Please email Doug@lyvere.com

Though the “Run” was postponed, the Mission still goes on.  We are a benevolent organization and are continually promoting and fundraising for Veteran Causes.  Currently we are working on raising $25k which will be matched ($25k) by RFTW, which will be matched by another foundation for a total of $100k to Homes For Our Troops to build an adapted home for a severely wounded Veteran and his Family.  We are currently at about 31% of our goal.  For more details, see the latest RFTW  President’s Message 

RFTW Inc. does not have a large corporate office, or any corporate office or payroll, in fact.  But there are still expenses and bills that need to be paid.  Buying more Merch from the  Merchandise Shop  will help too.  

Confetti and I plan to be in Perryville, MO, Friday the 28th to pay our respects at the “Wall” there.  We hope to see many of you there also.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive