UAW gearing up for 23rd Memorial Day event

Ride for Freedom posting colorsBy MELINDA WILLIAMS


More than 100 motorcycles will once again depart the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 union hall on Cougar Trail Saturday, May 24, marking the 23rd year the UAW Veteran’s Committee has sponsored a Memorial Day Ride for Freedom/Run to the Wall.

Each year veterans of all eras join hundreds of other citizens from across the New River Valley on the front lawn of the union hall (across from Volvo Trucks) to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers and those who have yet to return home from battle. The hour-long memorial ceremony includes the posting of the colors, live music, “Amazing Grace” played on bagpipes, taps and a 21-gun salute.

Following the 8 a.m. ceremony, local Ride for Freedom patriots leave the union hall at 9:30 a.m. sharp to join an estimated one million patriots gathering at the nation’s capitol for a POW-MIA (Prisoner of War-Missing in Action) Rally called Rolling Thunder.

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