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Run for the Wall passes through Big Spring Saturday

May 16, 2013

Each year since 1989, a group of former service men and women and their families have straddled their bikes in a ride from California to Washington, D.C. The purpose, as it has always been, is one of healing, accountability and honor.

The vast group of motorcyclists who participate in “Run for the Wall” will stop in Big Spring Saturday morning en route to the nation's capitol. The public is encouraged to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial before the riders move on. It is anticipated they will arrive between 9:45 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.

“It's really important that we support these people,” said Jerry Groves, public information officer for the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial Committee. “They do this for what Run for the Wall means. It's about keeping alive the memory our POWS and MIAs. We still have a lot of MIAs, and not just from Vietnam but from World War II and Korea as well.”

Run For The Wall was started in 1989 by a couple of Vietnam veterans who traveled across America on motorcycles, talking to local radio, television and newspapers about men and women still unaccounted for from war — all wars. Their mission was four-fold:

● to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends;
● to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA);
● to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars; and
● to support the nation's military personnel all over the world.

“It means a great deal to all veterans. It means a great deal to these veterans coming Saturday. It means a lot to the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial Committee. It means a lot to me,” said Groves, a Vietnam-era veteran. “Please, show your support. Tell them how much you appreciate them.”

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