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Longview hosts party in the pines motorcycle rally

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- It's a new look, and a new meaning for an annual memorial day weekend mainstay, as Longview hosts the 3-day party in the pines motorcycle rally. It has most commonly been confused as a bikers-only event every memorial day weekend, but the 6th annual party in the pines gathering at the Longview fairgrounds has become much more.

"We remember what this weekend is for , its not for bar-b-que and cold beer, its to remember our veteran who did not make it home," says U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Ron Frey.

This year proceeds from the event will go to veterans' organizations.

"This is our way of paying back, the volunteers and all involved are really thankful and appreciative and want to show our support to the men who have served and those that serve today, its rallies like this one that are changing attitudes about bikers," says event organizer Rodney Blackwell.

For many its a chance to show the true reverence and meaning of memorial day.

"We raise funds to support the kids coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan that need help getting going before their benefits kick in," says U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Willie Fortier.

Music and food are constants at the 3 day event, but many will take away something more permanent.

"We're having a great time, we've got a great cause," Blackwell says.

The event is open all-day tomorrow with live music and events.

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