Traveling memorial

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Patriot Guard rider Cruz “Cruzzer” Garcia from Albuquerque takes a photo Thursday for a group of National Guard soldiers in front of the truck that caries the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica.

More than 100 motorcycles, police, fire and military personnel gathered at Cooks Truck Stop in Clovis Thursday afternoon to greet the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and escort it to Clovis High School.

As the procession drove slowly on Mabry Drive, north on Prince and then west on 21st Street to the high school, people stood on the sides of the street waving and cars honked at its passing.

Known best for its Vietnam Wall Memorial replica, the group is making a five-day stop in Clovis.

Dee Dee Duran of Clovis was among more than 100 motorcycle riders who helped escort the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Clovis High School Thursday.

A Patriot Guard and American Legion rider, Duran said supporting veterans is important to her

“I do it just to respect our servicemen and women,” she said.

“To me that’s like the ultimate sacrifice that they give and we can at least give them respect and honor.”