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05/19/02 - Longview

Run For the Wall Ride in Longview

The rumble of iron horses was heard in Longview Sunday as an annual ride to remember veterans came through.

From all over the country they came today, Vietnam veterans who since 1989 have made the trek on motorcycles across the country to remember those who never came back from the southeast war.

Their ages range from eight to 80 in a ride that started in California and will end at the steps of the Vietnam memorial wall.

Their mission is a simple one, to bring healing to veterans and to account for those missing in action all those years ago.  More than 100 riders came into Longview to rest and get lunch at the American Legion Post.  For many who served, Vietnam is still a painful memory and it has taken all these years for Americans to recognize those who fought in a war no one wanted to think about.

The hope for many is this annual ride will close a chapter in their lives.  The group expects to have over 200-thousand riders by the time they get to Washington D.C.

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