Community Interest

Approx. 600 Riders in Run for the Wall May 20th

An estimated 600 motorcycles passed through our area Monday, May 20th as part of the 31st Annual Run for the Wall event. Run for the Wall was founded by Vietnam Veterans and recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by ALL VETERANS who have served our nation.

“We Ride for Those Who Can’t” is their mantra. The ride started in California on May 17 and ended in Washington D.C. on May 25th. Members of the New Melle VFW Post 5651 gathered with other supporters at the overpass west of Wright City to wave the riders on. Paul Musket joined the ride the next day as the group left Wentzville.  Dennis Kluge traveled with the group the entire route.

As the bikers arrived at the New Melle VFW on Hwy. Z, they passed under a huge American flag suspended over the roadway by the Wentzville Fire Dept.

Photos 1-8 courtesy of Kerry Earl.

Photos 9-11 courtesy of Ida Hoffmann-Randall.


1. Paul and Dennis web IMG_2610.jpg
Paul Musket, Dan Charlesworth and Dennis Kluge at the overpass in Wright City.


2. Gene and Flo web  MG_2614.jpg
Gene and Flo Joerling, part of the group from
Thiemann-Tidd Memorial VFW Post 5651 in New Melle. 


3. two ladies web IMG_2607.jpg
Kathy Phegley & Mary Dee Kluge
- also from the New Melle VFW post. 


4. Welcome Home banner Run for the Wall IMG_7405.jpg
A huge welcome home banner was displayed on the overpass
- orchestrated by Dennis Kluge and members of the VFW post in New Melle.


5. Facing the highway web IMG_2622.jpg
A good crowd gathered to greet the riders
as they passed under the overpass. 



6. highway group web IMG_2654.jpg
An estimated 600 bikers were taking part at this point in the journey.


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Several riders saluted as they passed by.


8. two arms web IMG_2676.jpg
Others waved.


9. Under the flags web DSC_0297.jpg
As the group arrived at the Wentzville VFW on Hwy. Z,
they were greeted by a large flag suspended over the highway
- thanks to the Wentzville Fire Dept.


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  A panoramic view of the riders on Hwy. Z. (Photo courtesy of Ida Hoffmann Randall.)


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A large crowd greeted the riders as they arrived at the Wentzville VFW.