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Patriotic event Saturday

DUBLIN — On Saturday, May 24, hundreds will gather on the front lawn of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 Union Hall in Dublin for the 17th annual UAW Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony.
However, the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall event got its start earlier this week on Wednesday, May 21, when a group of bikers who have ridden across the country en route to Washington, D.C., to pay their respects at our nation’s war memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, stopped for an overnight stay in Wytheville.
Members of the Wytheville community greeted these visitors at a “Welcome Home” ceremony in recognition of the Run for the Wall’s 20th anniversary, and Mark Peterson, chairman of the UAW Veterans Committee, addressed the crowd.
“Memorial Day is the one day a year the government sets aside for us to remember, reflect and show our gratitude for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have given the ultimate, the supreme, and the final sacrifice defending our freedom,” Peterson said.
Peterson thanked Trent Crewe, mayor of Wytheville, for the opportunity to hold the event and thanked participants of Run for the Wall for “20 years of dedication and steadfastness, mission after mission.” He added, “Year after year so many of you dedicate yourselves — many all year long. Your dedication and allegiance to this mission, to our soldiers, veterans, and for those that you ride and speak for who can’t, is an example for us all.”
Peterson also spoke of the changes that have taken place over the year since the Run for the Wall participants made their last stop in the local area.
“It’s been a short year since we gathered in this beautiful setting, and in that short year, in many regards, it seems like not much has changed,” he said. “As the American causalities approach 4,100 in Iraq alone, that’s 4,100 giving the precious gift of life and that’s 4,100 families bearing the ultimate cost and weight for the principles of freedom and democracy. Let it not be in vain. Let us be worth that cost.”
Peterson also spoke of one local life which was lost over this past year.
“On April 9 of this year, our little town (of Dublin) lost its second son in this global war on terrorism when 28-year-old, Staff Sgt. Jesse Alan Ault, a Virginia National Guardsman, was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb south of Baghdad,” Peterson said.
In honor of Ault and his service, the UAW Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run to the Wall Memorial Ceremony held on Saturday will be dedicated to him and held in his memory.
Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and will include live patriotic music from local talent, posting of the colors, the playing of “Taps,” as well as “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and a 21-gun salute.
Jeffery (Murdock) Walke will emcee the event, and speakers will include Army Maj. Gen. James Montgomery and retired Army Col. Thomas McCarthy.
Participants in the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall will depart at 9:30 a.m., heading to Washington D.C. Along the way, other bikers will join the group.
Accompanying the riders will be a specially decorated Volvo VN 670. The VN 670 features custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military personnel and promoting the Wounded Warrior Project, a national effort to raise awareness and support for the needs of men and women wounded in the service of their country.
At the end of their ride, more than 500,000 will join together at “The Wall” and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a peaceful demonstration demanding accountability for American POWs and MIAs, as well as for other military/veteran related issues.

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Patriotic event Saturday

DUBLIN — On Saturday, May 24, hundreds will gather on the front lawn of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 Union Hall in Dublin for the 17th annual UAW Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony.
However, the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall event got its start earlier this week on Wednesday, May 21, when a group of bikers who have ridden across the country en route to Washington, D.C., to pay their respects at our nation’s war memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, stopped for an overnight stay in Wytheville.
Members of the Wytheville community greeted these visitors at a “Welcome Home” ceremony in recognition of the Run for the Wall’s 20th anniversary, and Mark Peterson, chairman of the UAW Veterans Committee, addressed the crowd.
“Memorial Day is the one day a year the government sets aside for us to remember, reflect and show our gratitude for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have given the ultimate, the supreme, and the final sacrifice defending our freedom,” Peterson said.
Peterson thanked Trent Crewe, mayor of Wytheville, for the opportunity to hold the event and thanked participants of Run for the Wall for “20 years of dedication and steadfastness, mission after mission.” He added, “Year after year so many of you dedicate yourselves — many all year long. Your dedication and allegiance to this mission, to our soldiers, veterans, and for those that you ride and speak for who can’t, is an example for us all.”
Peterson also spoke of the changes that have taken place over the year since the Run for the Wall participants made their last stop in the local area.
“It’s been a short year since we gathered in this beautiful setting, and in that short year, in many regards, it seems like not much has changed,” he said. “As the American causalities approach 4,100 in Iraq alone, that’s 4,100 giving the precious gift of life and that’s 4,100 families bearing the ultimate cost and weight for the principles of freedom and democracy. Let it not be in vain. Let us be worth that cost.”
Peterson also spoke of one local life which was lost over this past year.
“On April 9 of this year, our little town (of Dublin) lost its second son in this global war on terrorism when 28-year-old, Staff Sgt. Jesse Alan Ault, a Virginia National Guardsman, was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb south of Baghdad,” Peterson said.
In honor of Ault and his service, the UAW Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run to the Wall Memorial Ceremony held on Saturday will be dedicated to him and held in his memory.
Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and will include live patriotic music from local talent, posting of the colors, the playing of “Taps,” as well as “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and a 21-gun salute.
Jeffery (Murdock) Walke will emcee the event, and speakers will include Army Maj. Gen. James Montgomery and retired Army Col. Thomas McCarthy.
Participants in the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall will depart at 9:30 a.m., heading to Washington D.C. Along the way, other bikers will join the group.
Accompanying the riders will be a specially decorated Volvo VN 670. The VN 670 features custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military personnel and promoting the Wounded Warrior Project, a national effort to raise awareness and support for the needs of men and women wounded in the service of their country.
At the end of their ride, more than 500,000 will join together at “The Wall” and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a peaceful demonstration demanding accountability for American POWs and MIAs, as well as for other military/veteran related issues.

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