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5/22/05-Longview

Rolling Thunder Rolls Through Longview

Nearly 600 bikers from all over the country rumbled into Longview today, in their annual quest to make a coast to coast ride, ending at the Vietnam veterans wall in Washington D.C., called the "run for the wall".

"I've got 3 brothers all served in the military the other 2 served in Vietnam and my younger brother was in the marines over there and is homeless and i believe i ride for him" said navy veteran and California rider Lee Hood.

They ride for many reasons, like Mike Hodge from Washington, who lost both legs serving with the marines in Vietnam.

"Semper Fi, marine corps i was with 3-1 kilo , 68 as a matter of fact 3-1 kilo has just helped free Fallujah in Iraq" says Hodge.

All generations and all branches are represented, in a trip that has become much more than just a motorcycle ride.

"Its very emotional it makes me proud to be American, and i know that for each person here we've lost someone, our loved ones, its all to keep our country like it is today" says Longview resident Sherry Cobb.

They remember fallen comrades, and one Idaho rider has even dedicated his ride to his son killed in Iraq.

"As we criss-cross this country in small towns i hope we show what veterans mean to this country" says Hood.

For many its a healing process, and a way to show others there is no time limit for remembering heroes. The "rolling thunder run to the wall" will end in Washington D.C. on memorial day, when over 10-thousand riders are expected to roll into the capitol. This is the 8th year that the run has come through Longview.

Bob Hallmark reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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