Run for the Wall arrives Saturday

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Staff Writer

The roar of military veterans, friends, and family riding motorcycles will be coming into town Saturday morning when participants in the southern route of the 2017 Run for the Wall makes a brief stop in Big Spring.
An estimated 700 to 1,000 motorcyclists and their entourage are expected to arrive around 10 a.m. Saturday for a wreath laying ceremony at the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial. The memorial is located behind the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campus.
The public is encouraged to come out and welcome the convoy as they make their annual journey east toward Washington D.C. to participate in Memorial Day ceremonies on May 29.
The mission of Run for the Wall is to bring awareness of prisoners of war and missing in action military personal from all wars. Participants began the route in Ontario, Calif., on May 13. Once in Washington D.C., many of the riders will join the Rolling Thunder parade, a caravan of motorcycles that will ride slowly from the parking lot of the Pentagon, crossing the Memorial Bridge to the Vietnam Wall. Rolling Thunder is an advocacy group to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service military members for all U.S. Wars.
Local Vietnam era veteran Jerry Groves took the trip with Run for the Wall in 2014 after several years helping to organize the local stop in Big Spring.
“It was awesome,” Groves said. “People need to support the Vietnam veterans. There was a time being when being in the military was not a good thing. We need to support them and we need to support all veterans, especially this time of year because Memorial Day is set aside for those who gave their life for this county.”
On Saturday, the public is asked to park either on the north side parking lot of the Big Spring Memorial or in the vacant lot across the memorial. The public is asked not to park on the street to allow the motorcycle caravan access to the memorial.