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Run for the wall visits Longview

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV)- The annual roar of mass iron horses was heard Sunday in Longview, as an emotional coast-to-coast ride brings Vietnam era veterans together, in the annual Run for the Wall in Washington D.C.

Rumbling through Longview, 400 strong, the middle leg of the annual trek to D.C. brings veterans from all across the country.

"It means more to me to be able to ride to this wall and represent them and those that can not ride," says Arizona native and Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, Roger Beaudoin.

Started in 1989, for the last 8 years the riders have made Longview a regular stop. The run from California to D.C. is very close to many who ride in it.

"These people have been left in the cold for 40 years and it's time that we step up and continue to step up and stay our positions," says U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, Gregg Smith.

"It took me 40 years to finally stand up and say I was a vet," says army Vietnam veteran, Claude Norman.

They renew old friendships, share war stories. And most important remember those who never came home.

"These people will not be forgotten. We will have accountability for everyone who went over there," Smith says.

The ride will finish Memorial Day weekend when over a half-million riders will head into Washington D.C.

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