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Run for the wall makes Longview stop

Hundreds of cross-country motorcycle riders came through East Texas, as a tribute for troops who never got a welcome home for their service. The annual "Run for the Wall" coast to coast motorcycle ride came through Longview. They started in California, riders from all over the country , welcomed at the Longview fairgrounds on their quest for the Vietnam Memorial, on a three thousand mile trek.

"Vietnam vets and we've got Persian Gulf, Iraqi freedom, Enduring Freedom, and it just keeps growing and growing," says Longview Army veteran Ben Gurganus.

650 riders , mostly veterans, all with their own reasons for supporting the ride.

"I had some high school buddies from the mid-sixties who gave it all in Vietnam and I do this for them, some of whom are still missing even now," says California rider Ken Clamurro.

They were welcomed by old warriors and veterans who couldn't make the ride.

"Right now we're just a little over 2-thousand miles. I want to support them the way they deserve to be supported for their contributions," says Idaho rider and Vietnam veteran Phil Freedman.

"Its a recognition of the servicemen who voluntarily stood in harms way and do so today, to protect our liberties and our way of life," Clamurro says.

Many are still remembering their fallen comrades.

"I hope it is an honor to them its a recognition of our current and former servicemen and a remembrance for myself in the time I spent," Freedman says.

The ride will end in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Memorial Day. It is expected that over 600-thousand motorcycles will have joined the ride by then.

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