The event will kick off early Saturday morning, with two departure points, one in St. Louis and one in Springfield, and the two groups will converge in Fredericktown before heading south to Patton and traveling east on Hwy. 51 through Perryville, where plans are underway to welcome the riders with an avenue of flags, to the memorial’s location on Route AC.
Riders re expected to arrive in Perryville between 2-2:30 p.m., with a POW-MIA ceremony at the memorial scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Guest speakers will include Missouri Gov. Mike Parson; Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston, USMC (ret.); former POW Charles Crandell, a Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Pueblo in 1968; Vietnam veteran and MNVM founding member Jim Eddleman of Perryville; and NFL Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals tight end Jackie Smith, who will sing the National Anthem and other songs.