Motorcylists Take A 10 Day Trek To Honor Veterans

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Hundreds of motorcyclists are driving across America in appreciation for veterans and Monday they made a stop in Topeka.

Run For The Wall motorcyclists are taking a 10 day trek from California to Washington D.C. and its all for a good cause.

"I do this for the people that can't, the veterans that can't. I do this for the people that are disabled. I do this also for the missing in action and the prisoners of war and we do it also to keep our cause in the eye of the government," said war veteran, Terry Zieger-Sykra.

Many participants are veterans themselves and since joining, they say this event holds a deeper meaning than any other motorcycle event.

"We are a big family. Most of us have joined the run for a healing experience," said Steve Handley, Central Route Coordinator.

It's truly healing for one participant who is a recipient of the Medal of Honor for jumping on a hand grenade in the Vietnam War, saving 8 fellow soldiers.

"They all laid beside me, cleaning out the medal from my stomach. I would have fallen asleep but they kept me awake, but you always sense those dying moments feeling like your being held by angels," said Medal of Honor recipient, John Baca.

As motorcyclists finish their trek across America, they will always have pride for the red white and blue.

"It's a life changing experience," said Handley.

"We do this for our country because we honor our country. We do this for our veterans," said Zieger-Sykra.

The final stop is at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where 350,000 motorcyclists and others will gather to rally in front of the Pentagon in support of honoring those killed in action, those unaccounted for, prisoners of war and those missing in action.