The lead vehicle for the ride brought this sign along for the trip, inviting everyone they met to join them in honoring the service of the Vietnam veterans.  PHOTO BY PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The lead vehicle for the ride brought this sign along for the trip, inviting everyone they met to join them in honoring the service of the Vietnam veterans. PHOTO BY PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Despite soggy weather, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ride for Healing came through Spring Valley Tuesday, May 28.

The local VFW served lunch to the riders who endured the unfortunate weather, as well as to members of the community who ventured out for the occasion.

The group then traveled to Rochester for a rally, then went on to their overnight stay in Winona.

Vietnam veterans are the focus of the Ride for Healing event, which is raising funds for the Vietnam Education Center in Washington, D.C.

The force behind the Ride for Healing project is the VFW State Commander Lee Ulferts, a Vietnam veteran himself. His goal is to honor and welcome those veterans who received a hostile welcome when they returned from the war nearly 40 years ago.

The weeklong event began on Memorial Day in St. Paul with a ceremony at the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From there four groups of motorcycles and classic cars traveled throughout Minnesota stopping in 60 communities to meet local veterans and thank them for their service.

The ride concluded on June 1 in Brainerd with a special recognition ceremony for the veterans, as well as a military fly over and parade.

The AVTT Traveling Wall, which is a replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was available for the public to view during the weekend events.