Members of the Marine Corps League Disaster Relief Unit #1 arrived at the Charlotte Motor Speedway at 5:30 sharp this morning. They prepared a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and french toast sticks for Patriot Guard Riders assembling the Traveling Wall.
The Wall will be in place for Saturday’s Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration. It is being produced by the USO of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. Hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the event is one of the nation’s largest Vietnam Veterans celebrations, with nearly 70,000 planning to attend.
Traveling Wall Escort
An elderly couple arrived early at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to get in place to see the Wall Escort. They didn’t want to leave without seeing this symbolic representation of American soldiers who died in service to their country.
“I know this Wall will tear a bunch of guys up.” Kellis White of the Marine Corps League Disaster Relief Unit #1
Hundreds of riders, anywhere from 500 to 1,000, escorted the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall to the speedway infield. They represented groups such as the Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, VFW and more.
“We find that people need to get to this Wall and begin a process of healing from what they have been through.” Patriot Guard Rider North Carolina State Captain Ronnie Faggart
Faggart says,”It was a tremendous turnout! This track was full and then some.”
Patriot Guard Ride Captain Jo Warren attended her first mission in 2010. She was amongst the riders with the Traveling Wall escort. “Wow! Just reinforced by belief that there are still people out there who are proud of this country and the people that have fought for it.”
Vietnam Veteran John Luckey was a Combat Motion Picture Photographer. He saw many of his buddies killed in the war. He was riding in the escort with his son, Jack, on the back of the motorcycle. “It was awesome! We rode safe. Special thanks to the USO (North Carolina), Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Marine Corps League. Most people pulled over and slowed down.”
“Even today, it feels good to know there are people out there who stop what they’re doing to pay honor.” Wall Escort Rider Mary Smith has a son in the National Guard.
Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration
For more details see this article: nextooze.com/north-carolina-prepares-for-vietnam-veterans-celebration.
Find more information on the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.
Get more information on the Patriot Guard Riders.
The Marine Corps League Det. #750 meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Mint Hill VFW.