Ten Navajo Hopi Honor Riders passed through Perkins Monday on their way to Washington D.C. to honor local and Iowa Tribe veterans.
The men and women pulled into the Ampride Travel Plaza shortly after 2 p.m. The riders were escorted by law enforcement from Perkins and the Iowa Tribe to the tribe’s headquarters and Veterans Memorial.
Tribal Chairman Gary Pratt expressed his thanks and appreciation for the honor riders, whose trek to the nation’s capital began in Keams Canyon, Ariz., Sunday, traveling 424 miles east to Amarillo. On Monday, the riders got up at 6 a.m. to leave Texas and arrive in Fort Smith, Ark.
They are scheduled to arrive at the Vietnam Memorial Wall Friday as a part of the national Run for the Wall event.
Before leaving Perkins, the riders had a chance to refuel. The Grey Snow Eagle House provided lunch.
Aviary Manager Victor Roubidoux said it’s a chance for the honor riders to regroup and pick up more people.
Part of the honor rider’s mission is to honor Gold Star families, those who have lost loved ones in military service.
Rider Lawrence Lano said grieving families can get a feeling for the healing that goes on at the eagle sanctuary.
“Exposure to it will help them heal,” he said.
Run for the Wall is held to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action, to honor the memory of those killed in action from all wars and to support our military personnel all over the world, according to its mission statement.