The purpose of the run, according to the website, is to promote healing among veterans and their families, 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 military personnel all over the world.
The run began in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans. Once in D.C., the veterans will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery and then participate in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Maxey said it's important to support the veterans and thank them for their service.
"We do what we do and have the freedoms that we have because of the veterans that fought for those freedoms," Maxey said. "This is a time for this community to show gratitude to those that served."
Maxey said most of the veterans served in Vietnam, but that a few served in Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
A UH-1 Huey helicopter escorted the veterans to a ceremony at Valley Park in Hurricane. The ceremony featured bagpipes, a speech from Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards and a presentation of the colors. An Italian dinner for all the veterans followed.
Contact writer John C. Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4872.
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