By SHERI GASSAWAY
Wentzville, MO – UAW Local 2250 recently received an honor from Wentzville for its assistance in making this year’s Wentzville Run For The Wall (RFTW) event a success.
During the annual event, motorcyclists travel to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., from Ontario, Calif., on a 10-day ride. On their way to the nation’s capital, they stop at the Vietnam War Memorial in Wentzville to honor those who served. The motorcyclists were in Wentzville May 20 and 21.
UAW Local 2250 Veterans Committee Chairman Ron Lane said members of the committee served meals to the motorcyclists at the Wentzville VFW Hall and helped them set up tents.
He said members also provided transportation using vans made at the Wentzville GM Assembly Plant to and from the VFW hall and the plant, where guests were able to use the shower facilities at the plant’s fitness center.
“It was an amazing event and included 530 motorcyclists,” Lane said. “We also provided transportation to and from the hotels where they were staying to the VFW Hall if they didn’t want to drive their motorcycles. We are always happy to lend a hand.”
Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione presented Lane with a plaque at union’s June 19 general membership meeting in appreciation for the union’s efforts in helping make event so successful.
Guccione also recognized the efforts of other UAW Local 2250 committees. In particular, he commended the Local 2250 Community Service Committee’s Adopt-a-Child Program and its members’ extraordinary efforts at Elder Court.
The mission of RFTW, which began in 1989, is to promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars and to support military personnel all over the world.