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Thousands begin annual ‘Run for the Wall’

May 16, 2019 GMT

This week, a journey of 3,000 miles began as motorcycle riders roared across the Southwest. They ride to remember the casualties, as well as the survivors, of the Vietnam War. They ride for those who can’t.

Riders gathered Wednesday at the intersection of Interstate 40 and State Route 95 to refuel on the 31st Annual Run for the Wall, which will ultimately bring them to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Local motorcycle clubs, including the River Riders of Lake Havasu City, contributed donations to pay for riders’ fuel this week. The riders were also invited to have lunch with Yucca firefighters Wednesday afternoon.


Run for the Wall participant John “Dirt” Grimes was among this year’s riders, and has participated in the event for 14 years.

“It’s about comradery,” Grimes said. “We ride for prisoners of war, and people who are missing in action, or those who can’t make the trip. We ride for those who can’t.”

Grimes estimated that 1,500 riders will make the trip this year, following three routes across the United States to Washington, D.C.