Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vietnam Memorial Wall Escort in Melbourne

Here is the video from the bikes coming into Wickham Park.

Here are some pictures taken at the Lone Cabbage

I was there filming them as they came into Wickham Park and I can tell you there were a lot more than 1,000 motorcycles. My camera battery ran out before they were all in. Video is processing now so it will be up later tonight. It ran over 16 minutes and still didn't get all the bikes!

Hundreds gather for Vietnam memorial event
5:43 PM, Apr. 22, 2012
Written by
Wayne T. Price

The weather report for Sunday in Brevard County called for a mixture of wind and rain.

Greg Welsh basically said “no big deal.”

Welsh, longtime member of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, met with a few dozen volunteers late Sunday morning in Wickham Park to erect the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

Rain or shine, the wall was going up Sunday, Welsh said.

“We were putting it up regardless of the rain,” Welsh said. “We fought and died in the rain, so the rain wasn’t a concern.”

The traveling memorial, which is visiting 18 sites around the United States this year, has turned into a notable tradition in Brevard, as it is part of the the Annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion, which kicks off Thursday.

As per tradition, supporters on motorcycles gathered at Brevard Community College's Cocoa Campus Sunday morning and escorted the truck and trailer carrying the wall along U.S. 1 to Wickham Park.

Police estimated between 800 to 1,000 motorcyclists were involved.
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