Teams will be traveling throughout Minnesota, stopping at VFW posts, including Spring Valley's, May 27 to June 1 as part of a Ride for Healing.

Ride for Healing will benefit the Vietnam Veterans Educational Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the Minnesota state commander's project.

The motorcycle riders will be in Spring Valley on Tuesday, May 28, for a lunch that will be open to the public. The caravan will be coming from Austin, arrive in Spring Valley at noon and then depart at 2 p.m. for a short rally in Rochester at 2:45 p.m. From there, it is on to Winona, where riders will stay overnight before heading north.

State Commander Lee Ulferts, a Vietnam veteran, said that it is his passion and belief the outstate Minnesota Vietnam veterans' have never had the chance to be recognized and honored for their service. This will be an attempt to provide them with that honor and "to welcome them home and give them a chance for the healing of all the hurts they have carried these many years."

It will also give the public a chance to contribute to this cause in their honor as the caravan travels through the state.

The second purpose is to raise money to help build the Vietnam Veterans Museum that will be built at the wall in Washington, D.C. All of the money for this museum must be raised by private funds.



The event will kick off on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul where four teams of classic cars and motorcycles will begin a journey to the four corners of the state, visiting local VFW posts along the way. They will spend the next four days on the road visiting 60 communities that are arranging their own ceremonies.

The four teams will arrive in Brainerd/Baxter the evening of May 31. Events are planned throughout the week at Cragun's Resort and the Traveling Wall will arrive at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd on Thursday, May 30. A commemoration event is planned at the fairgrounds on June 1 at 1 p.m. along with a banquet and candlelight vigil at Cragun's in the evening. All events are open to the public.

More information can be found on the website www.RideForHealing.com, including information on how you can contribute and register for the event and banquet.