2010 "Run for the Wall" a success in Jackson - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

2010 "Run for the Wall" a success in Jackson

By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The nation's most sophisticated military equipment was on display Monday, like a gun on boats used in the Pearl River in Mississippi to train U.S. Navy Seals in river warfare. The traveling    Vietnam Wall was a part of the event this year.

Even horse soldiers from Fort Hood came to Jackson for the stop on the Ride to the Wall to honor Vietnam veterans.

Even Governor Haley Barbour was there to welcome the riders.

"You ask these guys, they will tell you this is their favorite place on the whole ride, to stop, because the people of Mississippi are so grateful," said Barbour.

WLBT found it was a ride that has a lot of meaning to those participating, like Rich Martin from San Jose, California.

"I am honoring my brothers and sisters, that didn't come home. It's honoring all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Martin.

Not only were the participants grateful, but those who came for the ceremony, like 93-year-old retired Colonel Jim Magellis, the most decorated soldier of the famed U.S. 82nd Airborne, were also happy to be part of the event.

"I am very much impressed with this event.  It honors veterans.  I look forward each year to being a part of it," said Magellis.

The 2010 Run for the Wall Trail of Honor was very successful as 750 riders came through Jackson on their way to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.

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