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Spirit of America Wall Escorted by Hundreds of Motorcyclists in Harrison County

Photo by Carri Graham Motorcycles line up at Tappan Lake dam to escort the Spirit of the America Wall to the Harrison County Fairgrounds on Friday morning.

Motorcycle riders brought the “Spirit of America” to Harrison County on Friday.

Hundreds of motorcyclists lined up in the morning at the Tappan Lake dam to escort the Spirit of the America Wall to the Harrison County Fairgrounds. The exhibit travels all over the country and commemorates veterans who have fought in wars throughout American history.

The sizable escort began at the Tappan Lake dam. Participants then traveled through Cadiz to Sally Buffalo Park, where the procession ended at the fairgrounds.

Riders came from all over to join in the escort. Cadiz American Legion Director Mike Peoples said riders had come from New Martinsville and Ohio cities such as Marietta, Mansfield, Youngstown and more. Many came from as far as 80 miles away to take part, he said.

Cadiz American Legion Post 34 helped put the event together. Peoples said the members decided to do the escort for Memorial Day.

“About seven months ago, we started working on bringing the wall here. It’s here for the veterans. That’s what we brought it for. … It’s for the people here. A lot of them would never get away from here to see it somewhere else. They may not get to Washington, D.C., to see a lot of this. It’s here, in their backyard. … It’s no cost for anyone to come see it,” Peoples said.

Members of local law enforcement also participated in the event. Deputies from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and post commanders from around the area aided in the escort and with traffic control.

The Spirit of America Wall will remain at the Harrison County Fairgrounds for all to view this weekend from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

The wall will be escorted to its next location at the Belle Valley American Legion on June 7.

The escort lines up at 10 a.m. with the trip to begin at 11 a.m. at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway Road in Cambridge. It will be an open event, and anyone is welcome to join the escort.

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