The Mission of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run Organization is to show our brave servicemen and women and their families that we support them and to honor fallen heroes. The Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run event, every 3rd Saturday in June, is lined with Americans waving american flags and paying tribute. Tens of thousands of participants make their way to Marseilles to be involved in this celebration of freedom. The money raised through your 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. The IMFR 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 it they will learn to diplomatically resolve their problems.
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. This, is the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois. The project was built with donated material and labor and is the first of its kind in the history of the United States to give honor to our fallen by name while a conflict is ongoing. It took 20 years to honor our Vietnam veterans and almost 60 years to honor our World War II veterans. The names on the wall represent our fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, USS Cole, USS Stark, terrorist attacks in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.