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“It’s wonderful, isn’t it?” said Mr.  Taylor as he stood next to his turquoise Harley Davidson at a gas station on Route 50 in Northeast surveying the hundreds of bikers coming into the city yesterday morning.

Mr.  Taylor, who served in the Air Force for 24 years, including one-year and six-month tours in Vietnam, said the gathering grows larger every year, with information spreading by word of mouth and through flyers posted at biker shops and hot spots.

Even today, many of the veterans are reticent about their experiences in Vietnam, but when they get togeth-er in groups they always begin to list names found on the Wall, which commemorates the more than 50,000 killed or missing in Vietnam.