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AMVETS ride for veterans

Engines roared on Thursday as American veterans were remembered in Eureka.

“I just retired out of the navy in 2008, and come back home, get my first Harley, and take a ride with my fellow veterans and Harley riders,” said Eureka native Hayden Weeks. “This is just the best.”

The AMVETS Riders, a local motorcycle group, escorted the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance to Carson Park. The wall has made appearances in several states, and has been constructed 40 times.

The wall is two sided. One side has a timeline that starts with the Beirut bombing of the marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983 and ends with the Boston bombing. The other side lists the names of all those lost while serving, five of those from Humboldt County.

“What we're able to do here is to let the individuals that have served in the last 13 years and lost individuals, let them find some closure, honor the gold star families and let these guys know that they didn't die in vain,” said Derek Hendershot, driver of the Wall of Remembrance.

For the AMVETS riders, its a cause they hold close to their hearts.

“We feel very proud and privileged to have this opportunity and with the support of many other rider groups to put this day together,” said AMVETS Riders Treasurer Bryan Rehling.

The AMVETS will hold an opening ceremony for the wall tomorrow at 6 pm in Carson Park. They encourage everyone in the community to come out and honor the fallen heroes of the Global War on Terror.