Vietnam Veterans stopped in Longview on Sunday on their annual cross country motorcycle trip.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
Every spring, an annual trek from coast to coast, including thousands of Vietnam veterans and their loved ones, makes its way through East Texas.
The 'Run for the Wall' motorcycle ride starts in California and ends at the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington D-C.
As crowds cheered and greeted them, riders from all over the country made a stop at the Longview fairgrounds, to say thanks for the hospitality, and tell their stories on Sunday.
One Vietnam veteran said, "Means a lot, you drive down the road and you've got a 100 people on the overpass and waving at a group of vietnam vets, to me that's special."
Austin native Karoni Foresster rides for her father. She said, "My dad's missing in action, he's Captain Ron Forrester, United States Marine Corps. It's to raise awareness that we still have Americans that are missing in action in Vietnam, my father is one of them but this is about all of them."
William Aviles of California, riding for his uncle, said, "He was killed in korea in 1951. He was killed in action storming a machine gun nest. My uncle Joe told me that he thought no one would remember my uncle anymore, and I told him, I will. I will always remember him. I told my uncle, I'm going to do this ride for him and for you."
The Baker brothers from Montana, both Vietnam veterans, decided they would see the wall together. "This mission has changed from me to my brother he's in a wheelchair in pretty bad health, always wanted to go to the wall and we're going to get him to the wall," said Terry Baker.
Around 4-hundred riders came through Longview Sunday. They will meet up with riders on other routes across the country in Washington D-C on Memorial Day.