Honor Run motorcycle ride passing through Glenwood Springs recognizes wounded war vets
The rumble of motorcycles will echo westward from the mouth of Glenwood Canyon at about mid-morning on Sept. 2, as The Honor Run rolls into town for a brief stop on its final leg to California.
An unknown number of bikes, some carrying very unusual riders, will gas up at a station just off the Interstate 70 West Glenwood exchange starting sometime around 9 a.m. The bikers will hop over to the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson store for a short time, then roar out of town on their way to the next stop of the run – Salina, Utah.
The run is a project designed to honor the growing number of U.S. war veterans who survived their wounds in the battlefield thanks to modern transport and medicine, and then return home to pick up their lives where they had left them before going to war.
The event, which has included rides across the country in August and early September, first east-bound from California to Washington, D.C., and then a west-bound return to California, was organized by Vietnam veteran Dave Barr, a double amputee who rides a specially equipped Harley and has been part of the run through both its eastward and its westward hauls.
The organization’s website, http://www.TheHonorRun.org, tells all who read it, “America’s heroes need your help,” explaining that “one in four injured warriors now come home with a traumatic injury of some kind” and that both the veterans and their families often need help.
Those who want to ride along, for a day or for the rest of the ride, are asked to put up $35 as a registration fee, which the website pledges “will help a number of organizations take care of the men and women who took care of us.” Chief among the beneficiaries is the Fisher House network of residential facilities attached to VA medical centers and military facilities, where the families of injured vets can stay during treatment sessions.
The eight-day, east-to-west run is designed to pick up riders along the way, and is to end up at the Oakley sports eyewear headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Orange County, Calif., for a wrap-up party and concert.
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