Saturday, September 26, 2020

Kevin Murphy, a man on a mission

Kevin gets a signature from proud local army dad Jeff Poteet. Photo by Marilyn Honahan

Kevin gets a signature from proud local army dad Jeff Poteet. Photo by Marilyn Honahan

By Marilyn Honahan

Kevin Murphy, a long time member of The Marco Riders, is a man on a mission. Among other motorcycle groups, Kevin has been a member of the Patriot Guard Riders since February 2006. While serving as a ride captain for the 100 plus motorcycle escort for the visitation and funeral services for Lt Joe Theinert of Shelter Island ,NY, he became aware of a concern of Lt Theinerts parents, that their son, Lt Theinert would be forgotten.

Kevin has also participated in a ride called Run for the Wall . Its Mission statement is:

  • To promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends,
  • To call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA),
  • To honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and
  • To support our military personnel all over the world.

Run For The Wall is an arduous 10 day ride, with motorcyclists riding side by side, from Los Angeles to the end of the ride upon arrival  in Washington DC on Friday of Memorial Day weekend. For Kevin the ride is a bit longer as he rides his motorcycle approximately 4200 miles from his summer home in New York to the start in L.A., then joins with other riders along

Kevin & his bike.

Kevin & his bike.

the way for the ride back east.

Saturday is for a group photo at the Lincoln Memorial an then a walk to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall”. Sunday morning starts “Rolling Thunder” where hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists assemble to make their Case to bring full accountability for Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) of all wars.  Kevin decided to dedicate his efforts on this year’s RFTW to Lt. Joe Theinert and family. To that end, Kevin has Lt Theinert’s picture and a short Biography on his motorcycle windshield. As he travels across this country Kevin has asked people to read Lt. Theinert story in a memorial book and sign their name in support of the Lt’s family and to remember the Lt.’s sacrifice for our freedoms.”May America remember him and all the others who have paid with their effort, time, hardship, suffering and sacrifice.”

He hopes the book and his efforts give some consolation to Lt Theinert’s Family. He will present the book to Lt Theinert’s parents on his return from the RFTW. Kevin doesn’t want publicity, and when asked he says “It’s not about me, it’s about our fallen but not forgotten heros.” If you would like to arrange to sign Kevin’s book you can contact him at 4riden@gmail.com

 

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