Hundreds of motorcyclists make stop in Knoxville during Run For

Hundreds of motorcyclists make stop in Knoxville during Run For The Wall journey

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Thousands of motorcyclists are riding across the country to honor fallen heroes as part of Run For The Wall, a 26 year tradition that starts in California and ends at the Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. Thousands of motorcyclists are riding across the country to honor fallen heroes as part of Run For The Wall, a 26 year tradition that starts in California and ends at the Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C.
Tuesday the Midway Route made a stop in Knoxville. Tuesday the Midway Route made a stop in Knoxville.
Riders took a break and had a wreath laying ceremony at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial. Riders took a break and had a wreath laying ceremony at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of motorcyclists are riding across the country to honor fallen heroes as part of Run For The Wall, a 26 year tradition that starts in California and ends at the Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. Tuesday the Midway Route made a stop in Knoxville.

It sounded like thunder roaring through World's Fair Park, but really it was hundreds of motorcycles with stars and stripes waving.

"I fly the flags, I'm very proud of my country and for what these people have done for me," said Glenn Holden from Yucaipa, California.

Riders took a break and had a wreath laying ceremony at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial. Many like Daniel Underhill, a U.S. Army Veteran, took pictures of the names listed, "There are so many heroes that are unrecognized. Their name might be on a stone but the thing is they still have a family, people who are connected with them. The only way we can honor them is to ride in their memory."

Run For The Wall is a ride all about healing.

"We speak a certain language. We know what the other ones have been through. So we understand each other and it becomes a big family," said Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Veteran Billy Smith.

As they head to Washington D.C., each rider has a job.

"We have people that are so nice and they come out, stand on the over-passes on the interstates and we can't stop. We decided we needed to be able to stop and say thank you to these folks and that's what the ambassadors do," said Vietnam Veteran Glenn Scott.

Vietnam Veteran Claude Norman wears a badge representing a loved one who gave all, "February 10, 1968 my best friend was killed in an ambush in a little town called Thuan An on the Cambodian border. I was supposed to lead a mine sweep team that morning and he wanted to go instead."

Norman says he remembers his friend Steven Mazza every day, every mile. It's a cross country ride to fill a piece that's been missing.

"When I get to the wall, I reunite with those names," added Norman.

The Midway Route's next stop on Tuesday was Asheville, North Carolina where they'll then ride into Arlington Cemetery by Friday.

The Southern Route of bikers will be stopping in Knoxville as well on Wednesday, motorcyclists will meet at the TA Truck Stop located at 615 Watt Road at about 9:55 a.m.. Then they'll hit the road again with their next stop in Greeneville, Tenn.
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