"On June 19th, 2004 a Granite Memorial Wall was dedicated commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. The project was conceived by Founders Jerry Kuczera and Tony Cutrano, and built by local labor and volunteers through donations. The names on the wall represent the fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti and the Middle East. The Purpose of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run is to show Our Brave Servicemen and Women, and their Families, that we support them, and to Honor Fallen Heroes. The ride to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles Illinois is 17 miles long. The route is lined with Americans waving American Flags and paying tribute. In the past we have had 10's of thousands of participants. The money raised through you generous donations is used to update and maintain the Memorial, and to put this wonderful event together. The first Memorial we erected was in the small town of St Anne Illinois. the hometown of Capt. Ryan A. Beaupre, one of Illinois first casualties in the war against terror. We have donated Memorials to all of the Veteran Homes and Hospitals in The State of Illinois in Honor of all our Veterans, Past and Present. We Have assisted many of our Fallen Heroes Children, with funds for their education, in hopes that through education, they will learn to diplomatically resolve their problems." http://ilfreedomrun.org/ I've a friend who went last year and plans to go again this year. He said it was really well done.