Run for the Wall group stops in Tuscaloosa on the way to DC
By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Avery Lake
Hundreds of motorcyclists were in Tuscaloosa Tuesday on their way to Washington, D.C. as part of the 2023 Run for the Wall ride.
The group visited the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center on Loop Road Tuesday morning before heading to the Harley Davidson dealership in Cottondale for lunch. After that, the group headed out on their way to the next stop in Chattanooga.
This is the group’s 33rd year riding in honor of veterans, and the event brings motorcycle riders together on treks across the country to Washington, D.C., in time for Memorial Day.
“I ride for those who can’t,” said participant Chris Leckness. “We experience tremendous patriotism in every community we visit. Along our route we see American flags and people young and old who have come out to meet with us and to cheer us on. They greet us on overpasses and along the city streets, waving flags and cheering as we enter their communities. They welcome us into their homes, churches and organizations. They nourish us. They encourage us. They keep us going when the going gets tough. They help us continue the mission.”
That mission? Promoting healing among veterans and their families.
There are four Run for the Wall routes this year, with the groups meeting in D.C. on Memorial Day.