Cross-country motorcycle ride pays tribute to veterans

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - If your morning commute through the St. Louis area was slowed by a large group of motorcyclists, take heart in knowing their ride and your wait was all to honor America’s veterans ahead of Memorial Day.

"Memorial Day is a day to recognize those who gave all; that sacrificed everything," said ride participant John Staub.

For the group of riders making their way through St. Louis Tuesday, honoring those sacrifices means making sacrifices of their own. It’s a 10-day journey from Ontario, California to the Vietnam Weterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

During the trip, the riders recognize those who were lost and support the veterans who’re along for the ride.

"This is a very safe place for veterans to dig a little deeper than they probably do at home. We’re here to help the guys with issues at home. We’ll pray with them, we’ll talk with them," said Senior Chaplin Curtis Hubbell.

For 28 years, Run for the Wall has worked to promote healing among veterans, their families, and friends. Not just those killed in action, but also prisoners of war, those missing in action, and active duty military personnel all over the world. It’s a mission organizers say we can all support.

"Continuing to support the VA, continuing to support veterans outreach programs and things like that is a critical component to healing veterans. When they entered the service, the wrote a blank check and the amount on the bottom was ‘all,’"Staub said.

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