COOKEVILLE, TN – May 14, 2019 – Cookeville will soon celebrate six years of serving as Tennessee’s only overnight host for Run For the Wall’s Midway Route.
Escorted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cookeville Police Department, the group of nearly 400 riders will arrive at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT May 20, parading down Jefferson Avenue, welcomed by waving American Flags and locals.
The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, city and county officials, local veterans’ service organizations, and Boswell’s Country Roads Harley-Davidson will join area residents and businesses to provide a “Welcome” fitting for those who return home from war.
After a private dinner and meeting at the Leslie Town Centre, riders will rest at area hotels. Riders will stage at 7:30 a.m. CT May 21 in the Sam’s Club parking lot to continue their 10-day journey. Locals are encouraged to join riders that morning as they stage, so they may formally see them off as they embark on the next phase of their mission. A meet-and-greet with children from Parkview Elementary is also scheduled as part of their send-off.
With a tagline of “Riding For Those Who Can’t,” the cross-country event has a mission to call attention to prisoners-of-war and those missing-in-action, to honor those killed-in-action from all wars; and to support all United States military personnel around the globe.
The 10-day journey begins in Los Angeles, California and ends on Memorial Day in Washington, DC at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall and Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to drawing awareness for POWs, MIAs, and KIAs, Run For the Wall seeks opportunities along the route to educate future generations and serves as emotional healing for veterans riding the route and those encountered along the way suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, especially those from the Vietnam era.
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Director of public relations & marketing
Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau