MERIDIAN -- Sunday morning, Wes "Topper" Garvin stood by his Stars and Stripes-covered trike, a little nervous. "There are knots in the stomach, anticipation."
That's saying something for a man who served in Vietnam. But, Garvin was about to start a journey across the country unlike any other. "I can't tell you how I'm going to feel when I get there."
It's called the Run For The Wall. He, along with about a dozen riders from the Boise area are heading to California, where they'll meet up with hundreds more. They'll ride all the way to Washington D.C., and number in the thousands when they arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, right before Memorial Day.
"We ride for all those who can't," said Garvin. "Our brothers who have fallen, our brothers who are in harm's way today, our brothers who are here on active duty, even our veterans who have come home, but haven't come home, that's who we're riding for."
For Garvin, the trip is personal. "I have a brother who's name is on the Wall. This is going to give me a chance to have some closure with him. I haven't seen him since high school in '64."
But really, the trip is personal to many of these riders, like Ron Cleveland, a Vietnam vet himself. He's done the Run before, and says the greetings they get as they ride through towns is amazing.
"You'll drive for a mile down the main street of town, with everyone from little kids to people in wheelchairs waving the American flag," said Cleveland. "The Vietnam vet never got his parade, never got his due. When we go back to the Wall, we get that. We get our due. We finally get our parade."
Garvin says the thousands of riders are scheduled to arrive at the Wall on May 24th, when there will be candlelight vigil. After that, riders will participate in the Rolling Thunder Memorial Ride through Washington D.C., which culminates on Monday the 27th, Memorial Day.
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