It stands year round as a testament to those Kentuckians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in what was to be “American’s Longest War” – the Vietnam War. The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the 125,000 Kentuckians who served this nation so courageously and unselfishly during this war that lasted from 1962-1975. More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives during the conflict. Among that number, 1103 were Kentuckians. Thousands of those who served were wounded in action and hundreds are still listed as missing in action (MIA). And each year, it’s one stop that the motorcyclists with Rolling Thunder‘s Central Route make during their Run for the Wall pilgrimage from California to Washington D.C.
This year, over 400 motorcycles rumbled into Frankfort to converge on this hallowed ground. They were met by Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, herself an Air Force Veteran, who spoke to the crowd at the official ceremony. It’s worth noting that several organizations also met up with the group, offering everything from free sandwiches and water, to sundries such as chap stick, wet wipes, and band aids, to post office services. But most of all – support.
Please enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2016 Run for the Wall pilgrimage to Rolling Thunder