Belmont County to host veteran riders for Memorial Day weekend

The veterans’ motorcycling organization Run For The Wall has a planned stop in Belmont County this Memorial Day weekend. 

The riders will be on a multiple-day journey from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and complete their route at the Middle East Conflicts Wall in Marseilles, Illinois.

Run For The Wall is the largest and longest organized cross-country motorcycle run of its kind. 

They recognize the sacrifices and contributions of veterans who have served our nation. It was founded in 1989 by two Vietnam veterans who traveled across America on motorcycles, educating about the thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from war and honoring the memory of those killed in action.

Run For The Wall riders include veterans and active military personnel as well as friends, family, and other supporters. Their goal is to promote healing for all veterans to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, to honor the memory of those Killed in Action from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

Belmont County residents and visitors are invited to welcome the motorcyclists as they are escorted off Interstate 470 onto Banfield Road to the Ohio Valley Mall. Recommended places to watch would be near Ferguson’s House of Furniture or Valvoline Express Care. The riders will be escorted to the former Sears location at the Ohio Valley Mall. Their expected arrival time is approximately 6:10 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th.

The community is invited to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony together with Run For The Wall riders at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, in front of the Belmont County Courthouse. The program will be led by the American Legion Post 159. It will feature music from the St. Clairsville High School Band, a firing salute, and comments from Todd Kleismit, America 250-Ohio Commission Executive Director and Army Veteran, Operation Desert Storm.

Residents and businesses along U.S. 40 and Main Street in St. Clairsville are encouraged to add flags and patriotic decor to help show our patriotism and welcome them into Belmont County.

“Belmont County is excited to once again welcome Run For The Wall riders this Memorial Day weekend,” said Jackee Pugh, Belmont County Tourism Council Executive Director. “Over 300 motorcyclists from all over the U.S. will be riding into Belmont County, and we are honored to host them and help bring awareness to their cause and the sacrifice veterans have given for our freedom.”

Local partners such as Kimble Company, American Legion Post 159, Outback Steakhouse, Litman Enterprises, Riesbeck’s Food Markets, Chick-Fil-A Highlands, and Sam’s Club have given generous donations to assist with hosting the Run For The Wall riders during their time in Belmont County.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year. It is so great to see our community come together to support a cause,” Pugh said. “I wish safe travels to all who are riding in Run For The Wall 2024. And I want to encourage all residents to come out this Memorial Day weekend to show your support and give thanks to the military members that gave so much for us all.”

For more information about the Run for the Wall, visit

For more information about the Memorial Day ceremony or other events in Belmont County, visit or contact the Belmont County Tourism Council at 740-695-4359.