May 252012

Photo by Teri Walker -- Holbrook residents greeted the nearly 400 motorcycle riders who rode through town last week on their 24th annual Run for the Wall, a cross-country ride that ends at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Organizers weren’t certain how many states were represented, but said riders came from as far away as Hawaii and Australia. Some of the Vietnam veterans participating in the ride showed the outward evidence of the scars left from war.

By Teri Walker —

Nearly 400 motorcycle riders cruised through Holbrook last week during the 24th annual Run for the Wall ride to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The 252 bikes rumbled past Holbrook’s four school campuses as students waved American flags, ap-plauding and cheering the riders, who hailed from as far away as Hawaii and Australia.

Holbrook residents could be heard shouting out thanks to the riders for their military service, and honor-ing those who were wounded, missing or killed in military conflicts.

The mission of the Run for the Wall organization is to promote healing among all veterans, their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action, to honor the memory of those killed in action from all wars and to support American military personnel all over the world.

Riders gathered at the American Legion Hall for a lunch prepared and served by volunteers, and to rest before continuing on the next leg of their journey.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard welcomed the riders, and Holbrook High School music group Fusion entertained them as they waited for lunch, kicking off their first set with the motorcyclist an-them Born To Be Wild.

The riders expect to arrive in our nation’s capital by Saturday, May 26, in time to participate in Memorial Day celebrations.