This weekend, thousands of veterans on motorcycles will converge on Washington DC for the annual Run for the Wall ride.
The pack left California last week, and Tuesday, they rolled through Knoxville. Hundreds of riders stopped at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial at lunch time. They toured the memorial honoring veterans from our area.
Most of the participants in the ride are Vietnam War veterans. Their destination is the Vietnam Memorial in Washington where they'll honor the memory of their comrades missing in action and those who died in the war.
"The first time I did this back in 2011 it was the first time I had ever really felt welcome after returning from Vietnam in 1969. That's why I continue to do this ride. Not only for myself but for all the veterans that can't do it," said Jerry Jones.
To thank their hosts here in Knoxville, the group placed a wreath at East Tennessee Veterans memorial.
Another group of bikers also rode through Knoxville Tuesday as part of a nationwide tour to honor our veterans. Bikers clad in the stars and stripes passed the torch for the Carry the Flame Across America tour.
The tour takes riders on a cross-country trip from California to North Carolina. At each stop along the way, they pay tribute to every veteran lost at war and their families.
The national tour wraps up this Memorial Day weekend across the Smokies in Smithfield, North Carolina.