Inside the Tollway
Late Wednesday, Illinois Tollway maintenance crews and ISP District 15 troopers had the honor of clearing a path home for over 200 military veterans on their annual ride to Washington D.C. in honor of Memorial Day.
The Veterans Roll Across America ride is a caravan that celebrates Memorial Day through a cross country trip for veterans where they visit the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, museums and various war memorials that honor the service of our armed forces.
The caravan of 11 charter buses received an escort from Illinois State Police District 15 and Tollway maintenance vehicles to ensure a safe trip. Local fire departments, hundreds of motorcycles and classic vehicles also participated in the trip across the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).
The four-day trip started in Beloit, Wisconsin, traveled across Illinois via I-90 and continued east to Washington.
Now in its 10th year, the annual VetsRoll provides all-expenses paid trips to the nation’s capital for men and women who served in World War II and the Vietnam and Korea wars as a way to recognize their sacrifices and help provide closure. Although the organization is based in Wisconsin, VetsRoll attracted veterans from 37 different states this year.
VetsRoll is modeled after the Honor Flight Network, which raises money to charter flights for World War II veterans to fly to Washington at no cost to the veterans. Though the bus trips are longer, they allow greater flexibility for veterans to move around, play cards and games while eliminating some of the hassles of flying for senior citizens.
For more information, please visit vetsroll.org.