Memorial Day Weekend is typically a time for family, friends and a cookout on the back deck. More importantly, however; it’s a time to reflect on the men and women who have died serving our country in the military. The week leading up to Memorial Day, R+L Carriers was honored to hit the road with the Lima Company Memorial as their official transportation provider. The Lima Company Memorial toured the country as a part of the National Veterans Awareness Ride, eventually ending up in Washington D.C. visiting veterans, VA hospitals and high schools promoting the mission of celebrating the military.
National Veterans Awareness Ride
The road to D.C. began on May 24 when the Lima Company Memorial met up with the National Veterans Awareness Ride in Western Illinois. National Veterans Awareness Ride brings awareness and recognition to our nation’s military veterans and POW/MIA’s. When the Lima Company joined the ride, their 10 day journey was already underway. Stops along the way included before arriving in Washington D.C. included:
- Middle East Conflict Wall (Marseilles, IL)
- Portage High School (Portage, IN)
- Indiana Veterans Home (West Lafayette, IN)
- Brookville VFW (Brookville, Ohio)
- Chillicothe VA Medical Center (Chillicothe, Ohio)
- Southeastern High School (Chillicothe, Ohio)
- Clarksburg VA Medical Center (Clarksburg, WV)
- Bridgeport, WV
At each stop, Lima Company had the opportunity to speak with veterans and active military men and women. One stop along the way was personal. Southeastern High School in Chillicothe is the Alma Mater of one of Lima Company’s own LCPL Aaron Reed.
Lima Company Memorial in D.C.
Once in Washington D.C., the Lima Company Memorial set up the paintings on the grounds of the Washington Monument. There, the life-size portraits that depict the fallen of Lima Company 3/25 were on full display.
The Lima Company also joined The National Veterans Awareness Ride at Arlington Cemetery. At the Tomb of the Unknown, organizers for the National Veterans Awareness Ride had the distinct honor of laying a wreath at the tomb. Another honor came when the Lima Company was able to watch local veterans wash the Vietnam Wall. On Sunday May 29, the Lima Company participated in the Rolling Thunder Ride, where nearly a million motorcycles assembled in the Pentagon parking lot before riding around D.C.
Thousands of individuals came to the Washington Monument during Memorial Day Weekend. Families came by the exhibit to teach their young ones the importance of honoring those who have served the country. Veterans stopped by to pay their respects, and one veteran from Tennessee wanted to host the memorial at an event in his community.
R+L Carriers is amazed at the outpouring of support and respect that the Lima Company receives when they are on the road. It’s an honor and a privilege to be associated with the Lima Company as their official transportation provider. If you are interested in seeing the memorial on the road, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org/schedule for the official schedule of upcoming events. Be sure to follow the Lima Company on Facebook and Twitter for updated information and pictures of where they are traveling.