The Veterans in Defense of Liberty and Liberty Riders of America held its first annual Missouri Vietnam Wall Run to Missouri's National Veterans Memorial in Perryville on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. The memorial which features a full-sized exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ride was scheduled to coincide with National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which was observed on Sept. 20. Special guests at the event, which drew approximately 500 motorcycles from around the state, included Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston, USMC (ret.); former POW Charles Crandell, a Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Pueblo in 1968; Vietnam veteran and MNVM founding member Jim Eddleman of Perryville; and NFL Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals tight end Jackie Smith, who sang the national anthem.

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