Goodland hosts RFTW 2017 riders

Riding two abreast, Run for the Wall (RFTW) 2017 riders approach I-70's Ruleton overpass.

Riding two abreast, Run for the Wall (RFTW) 2017 riders approach I-70’s Ruleton overpass.

RFTW 2017 at Ruleton overpass

Dave and Judy Daniels and Linda Quint welcome RFTW 2017 riders as they approach the Ruleton overpass.

Goodland welcomes RFTW 2017 riders

Once again, Goodland was privileged to be an overnight stop on Run for the Wall‘s journey to Washington, D.C. The Central Route riders left Ontario, Calif., May 17 on their way to Washington, D.C. When they arrive in the nation’s capital,¬†they will honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Carver hands out pins

Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ShCVB) Chairperson Mona Carver (left) talks with a rider at supper. Carver and ShCVB Director Donna Price handed pins to the riders. Carver belongs to ABATE District 13.

Steve Evert Catering served barbecue to the riders.

Riders eat supper

The riders filled Northwest Tech Memorial Union’s Assembly Room.

Riders eat supper

The riders filled Northwest Tech Memorial Union’s Assembly Room.

POWs/MIAs honored in program

national anthem

After the riders were served, Sabrina Thompson (right) sang the national anthem. Master of Ceremonies Richard Liess (left) and the riders who had served in the military saluted.

City Commissioner Gwen Mai proclaims Run for the Wall Day in Goodland.

During the program, Goodland City Commissioner Gwen Mai proclaimed that May 20 as Run for the Wall Day in the City of Goodland.

Price receives a plaque from Route Coordinator Dick “Winky” McKay.

RFTW Central Route Coordinator Dick “Winky” McKay honored caterer Evert, Price, Mai and sound technician Aaron Duell with plaques.

Aaron Duell receives a plaque for his work as a sound technician for the event.

Toward the end of the program, Liess honored those who are still missing in action. An empty table stood in front of the podium and Liess explained the meaning behind each item on the table.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, last updated Jan. 18, 2017, 82,604 American service personnel are missing, 75 percent of the losses are located in the Asian Pacific. Over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea. RFTW draws attention to those who are missing.

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