Warm Welcome For Veterans Riding Cross Country In ‘Run For The Wall’

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(Memphis) Some veterans on a mission rolled through Memphis Monday.

Service members and supporters are on a ten-day cross-country trip on their motorcycles to make sure no one in the military is forgotten.

Those taking part in the annual 'Run For The Wall' got a warm welcome from The Patriot Guard Riders who parked their own bikes along the overpass at I-40 and Germantown Road to wave flags and show their support.

Many said they would have like to have gone on the ride with them.

"If you can be with them you can stay in on the side and support them and wave our flags with them," said Patriot Guard Rider and Vietnam Veteran Bill Ledford.

Hundreds of bikers began the 'Run For The Wall' in Los Angeles May 14 and will arrive in the nation's capital on May 23.

They will gather at the Vietnam Wall and take part in events to honor those who gave their lives in service, were held prisoner or are still missing.

"For the longest time they just have forgotten about out troops left behind and now that we are bringing it to light they are making an effort to bring them back,"  said Patriot Guard Rider and Vietnam Veteran Johnny Rivera.

A number of veteran's demonstrations and events are being held in Washington, D.C. this Friday through Sunday, all leading up to the Memorial Day Holiday.


  • Lynne Frazier Overman

    I’m a West Tennessee Ride Captain with http://www.patriotguard.org
    My husband and friends that were able to participate in this RFTW were all so proud to do so! I wasn’t able to attend myself, so I did what I could with communications from home and it felt (almost) like I was right there with them! God Bless and keep Our America’s soldiers….as well as all of our Patriot Guard Riders!

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