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Hundreds of veterans roll through Rainelle en route to D.C.

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Almost 1,000 motor cycles rumbled through our area Thursday. They made their annual stop in Greenbrier County during the "Veteran's Run For The Wall" tour.

The veterans came all the way from California as they continue on their journey to Washington D.C.

Don Sherry has traveled more than 2,000 miles in the past week and said he didn't believe until now how strong the American spirit really is.

"Until you do this and you see the people that stand in the rain and the lightening to wave and show support, I don't have any other word but overwhelming."

Hundreds of riders came past Rainelle Elementary School twice Thursday and both times every single student waved and cheered for them showing how much they cared.

Kids showing their support said they look forward to the trip every year.

"Well it's a long way and they ride through a lot of towns but it's really special when they come to this town because they stop for a while and they play with us and talk to us," said Lauren Hanna.

"It just seems cool to see all the bikes that you normally wouldn't see," Tanner Bennett added.
Sherry said making the cross-country trip is something he's always dreamed about doing.

"For me it will be a check off my bucket list," he said.

The run for the wall began on May 15 in California and will finish up when they make their way to Washington D.C. on Sunday.