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Run for the Wall riders pass through Chattanooga

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The Thunder Creek Harley Davidson was buzzing with action Wednesday morning as hundreds of veterans, friends and families prepared to hit the road for Run for the Wall, a one of kind journey.

"We ride for the people who can't," says ambassador Art Pina.   

Most of the riders are veterans with one mission, never to forget those lost in war. "Its very important for us to let people know never forget our MIA's and POW's," Pina says.

Riders also visited the Confederate Cemetery to honor the unknown soldiers buried here.

Run for the Wall began in 1989 in an effort to spread the word, there are thousands of men and women still unaccounted for from our nation's wars.

However, the ride isn't free. Marty Gelbhar collects $5 from riders who want to join the caravan. He says all proceeds go to the children. "It is America the way it ought to be," Gelbhar says.

Whether the riders have known each other for hours or years it is clear they have each other's backs and the support of a nation. "We're just having a great time and we thank everybody for giving us support that they've given us," Pina says.

The run takes ten days to get to Arlington, VA from California and will officially end with a "Ride for Freedom", which includes more than 500,000 riders in Washington D.C.  

 

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