THE REGISTER-HERALD Friday, May 24, 2013
Run for the Wall PHOTOS BY F. BRIAN FERGUSON ★ ★ ★ THE REGISTER-HERALD
Joe Dragon, above left, retired U.S. Army ranger veteran, gets a “welcome to his home away from home” from Monica Venable, retired Rainelle Elementary School principal, Thursday during the Run for the Wall event in Rainelle. The two first met during the first year of the annual event. In the photo at left, veterans ride their motorcycles as Rainelle welcomes Rolling Thunder participants for the 25th year during Thursday’s Run for the Wall.
A veteran salutes Rolling Thunder participants Thursday during the 25th annual Run for the Wall event in Rainelle.
The Rev. John Steer, a former Vietnam war paratrooper, pays his respects to the flag during Thursday’s Run for the Wall opening ceremonies in Rainelle.
Gail McKinney, left in the photo above, and Al Chelly were among the crowd who came out in large numbers to welcome Rolling Thunder for the 25th year during Thursday’s Run for the Wall event. In the photo at left, residents of Rainelle and the surrounding area came out in large numbers to welcome Rolling Thunder motorcycle riders. Rolling Thunder is an advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. Their main annual event occurs on the Sunday before Memorial Day, in which members make a slow ride on a dedicated, closed-off, pre-set route, called Run to the Wall in Washington, D.C., referring to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.