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Monroe to hold "Run for the Wall", May 20th

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council have formally announced that the 2013 Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony will be held 8:30 am Monday, May 20, at the War Memorial on the lawn between Monroe City Hall and the Monroe City Court building.

Hundreds of veterans and supporters are expected to make their annual stop in Monroe, as their annual caravan heads for Washington, D.C., for "Rolling Thunder", the Memorial Day tribute.

This is the 25th Annual Run For the Wall (RFTW). Thousands of citizens from across the country are embarking on a cross country motorcycle trek to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Started in 1989, by Vietnam veterans James Gregory and Bill Evans, the purpose of the event is to support military personnel and promote healing for ALL veterans and their families & friends. In addition, it is designed to call for an accounting and remembrance of all Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA) or Killed in Action (KIA).

An estimated 700 to 800 motorcyclist will travel across Louisiana participating in the central route of this commemorative event.

The caravan is scheduled to leave Monroe at approximately 9 am, Monday, May 20, to continue its cross country journey to Washington, D.C. While in the nation's capitol, the riders will visit military memorials to include the D-Day Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and Arlington Cemetery. The Memorial Day weekend will close with the famous Rolling Thunder parade through the streets of Washington, D.C., and will feature more than 500,000 riders from across the country paying homage to all U.S. Troops.

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