By Marty Mayfield
For 29 years they have ridden for those who can’t, making a trip that is both emotional and important for the healing process for the scars from the horrors of battle.
Many have made the trip several times while others are making it for the first time. One such rider is making his second Run for the Wall ride all the way from New Zealand. Edwin Musto who is a RFTW Ambassador told KRTN that as a veteran he is very passionate about veteran’s affairs.
Colonel Gilbert San Roman gave the keynote address talking about those he knew that could not be on this ride or bounce their grandchildren on their knee. It is for those who can’t that we do this he added.
Bikers headed on north from Raton and headed for Pueblo and then points on east to rendezvous with riders on other routes to a Memorial Day event called Rolling Thunder to honors those fallen veterans on Memorial Day.
A Memorial for Run for the Wall sits on the walk by the station
A Run for the Wall rider watches the US Flag wave in the breeze over Clayton Road
Veteran Edwin Musto displays his vest of patches and pins from the Run for the Wall. He hales from New Zealand and this is his second Run for the Wall ride.
Edwin Musto displays his vest with pins and patches for this year’s Run for the Wall. this is his second year to participate in the Run, quite an achievement since he is from New Zealand
Run for the Wall participants ride down Clayton Road in Raton headed for the Alta Conoco Station for Fuel.
A tribute to Terry Percival a USAF veteran. This little temporary memorial is placed along the way by the rider who is riding in memory of the veteran
A memorial for Terry Percival that will be carried on to Washington DC.
Winky as he is known to the riders presented plaques of appreciation to Tim Trujillo, Colfax County Sheriff and the Young Marines for their efforts in welcoming Run for the Wall riders to Raton
Colonel Gilbert San Roman gave the keynote address at this morning’s Run for the Wall ceremony.
Glowing in the New Mexico sun the US Flag hangs over Clayton Road as bikers make a quick stop in Raton.
Army Veteran Ron Chavez salutes the Run for the Wall participants as they ride north on Second Street on their 10 day trip from California to Washington DC