GWU Graduate Student to Participate in “Run for the Wall”

A Gardner-Webb graduate student will be participating in a unique Memorial Day event in honor of U.S. veterans. MBA-Plus student David Lee, center leader for the Army Recruiting Center in Shelby, N.C., will join the coast-to-coast motorcycle ride, “Run for the Wall,” which will conclude in Washington D.C. on Memorial weekend.

The annual Run for the Wall ride for veterans was established in 1989 by two Vietnam veterans who hoped to raise awareness about the thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from all wars. The goal of the group is to promote healing for all veterans and their families, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support military personnel around the world.

Each May, riders launch from Ontario, Calif., and individuals from across the nation join the procession to Washington. This year, the West coast portion of the ride begins on May 17. Lee plans to connect with the riders on the southern route in Chattanooga, Tenn., on May 23. At the culmination of the ride, he will deliver items to the Wall on behalf of loved ones. He also hopes to collect charcoal rubbings of veterans’ names from the Memorial and return them to family members.

“I’m covering all the costs associated with this campaign—fuel, bike maintenance, hotel, food, etc.,” Lee explained. “I am not asking for money or sponsorships, this is just something I am really passionate about. I see it as an opportunity to communicate support to the veterans in our communities. I’d be thrilled to be asked to collect 100 name rubs—but if I only do one, it’s a successful mission to me.”

To learn more or request a charcoal rubbing of a loved one’s name, email David Lee.