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National veterans ride to stop in Marseilles in May

NVAR's annual journey to Washington includes route through Illinois

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012 9:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 9:40 a.m. CST

MARSEILLES — A convoy of motorcyclists will travel through Illinois on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, during their annual pilgrimage from Sacramento, Calif., to Washington, D.C.

This year, the convoy will stop in Marseilles at 10 a.m. and conduct a wreath laying ceremony at the Middle East Conflicts Wall.

This group, composed of veterans as well as non-veteran supporters, undertakes a 10-day journey across the United States to bring awareness and recognition to all veterans.

The mission of the National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR) is to remember and honor all veterans, not only those who have served, but those who are presently serving. Of equal importance to the mission is to honor those men and women who are unaccounted for, either as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA), as well as those who have been Killed in Action (KIA).

“NVAR is committed to honoring and increasing awareness of the actions, risks and challenges facing the American soldier and veteran," said Steve Mulchay, NVAR’s National Ride Coordinator. "Each day along the route, the riders make time to stop at VA hospitals, nursing homes and other veteran care facilities to visit and honor those brave men and women who have defended our country.

"We also make stops at schools along the way to help promote patriotism among the youth of our country and to emphasize to them that freedom isn’t free, but comes with a cost. Also, at the various memorials along the route, we stop to lay a wreath of remembrance to honor those veterans who have passed on."

The National Veterans Awareness Ride reaches Washington D.C. on Memorial Day weekend. The group’s primary objective is then to participate in the annual Rolling Thunder Ride through downtown. The goal of Rolling Thunder remains to bring awareness and focus on the fact that there are still American POWs and MIAs who have not been accounted for or brought home.

The National Veterans Awareness Ride is open to anyone who wants to participate in the mission or otherwise support the group indirectly.

More information on the 2012 ride is posted on the website www.nvar.us. Visit the website to find out more about the ride and make plans to come out to welcome the riders and show appreciation for the work they are doing.

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