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This week America will celebrate Veterans Day

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – This week America will celebrate and honor the men and women who have fought for this country.

In Albany it started with a ceremony Sunday morning, more than 100 Harley Davidson riders honored a special team of runners making a 650-mile journey, they help families of special force veterans when they need it most.

"We started Operation One Voice to send some challenge coins to troops who had boots on the ground," said Bill Stevens, Duluth Police Department.

The challenge was a success and more than two dozen special operations forces now take part.

"There are some hills that we weren't expecting we don't have that may hills in Tampa but the support we're seeing along the road is fantastic," said Jay Bradley, US Special Operations Command, Tampa Fl.

Officers with the Duluth Police department in Gwinnett designed the program to raise awareness and funds the families of our wounded and fallen warriors.

"We decided to run to show that police can do what they as special forces can do, and they do a lot of running, so we ran from Duluth to Savannah," said Stevens.

Albany Harley riders say they wanted to show some type of recognition for what these runners are doing to help veterans.

"We need to recognize them unlike the era I went through in Vietnam where we got back to the airport and was spat on and now there is some recognition," said Paul Murray, Motor Cycle Ride Coordinator.

On Wednesday two dozen runners will hit the finish line at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

"Veterans Day supports and recognizes all veterans unlike Memorial day which recognizes veterans who gave their lives to the country," said Murray.

For more information on Operation One Voice click here.


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