( Photos courtesy of 1st Infantry Division veteran Phyllis Fitzgerald )
By Dewey Terrill
Lt. Gen. ( Ret. ) Perry Wiggins delivered the keynote remarks during a Run for the Wall visit to Junction City Sunday evening. "I think it's important that we do recognize the ones that sacrificed everything for this nation."
Approximately 200 riders and other support personnel made Junction City a stopping point on their cross county ride from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Junction City. Wiggins said serving in combat and the cloth of the nation builds a bond which is hard to describe. "Those of you that are wearing the leathers and rode in on those big impressive motorcycles, you're completing a promise. That promise is we will never forget our fallen, our missing in action or our POW's.
The riders left I-70 and came up Washington Street to Heritage Park where there was a ceremony attended by the travel group and members of the community. There was a wreath laying at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Park.
Afterwards the riders were provided an evening meal at the Eagles Lodge. They will receive breakfast provided by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association at the Eagles Lodge.