DES MOINES, Iowa -- The group, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers, rode into Des Moines on a rainyTuesday morning.
Their motorcycle tour began in Oregon and will end in Washington DC. For two weeks, the riders are honoring the sacrifices of 50 fallen soldiers.
They held a ceremony to honor two soldiers, Pfc. Jacob Wykstra and Sgt. Daniel Sesker.
“For me, it’s like he’s still going to come through the door, but I know he won’t ,” said Sesker’s mom, Mysty Stumbo.
Her 22-year-old son was killed in Action in Iraq in 2006.
Two years ago, 21-year-old Wykstra died while serving his country in Afghanistan.
“He is a bright light in my life that can never be extinguished. Not even by death,” said Heidi Katzenbach about her son.
The riders presented the Gold Star Moms with plagues and pictures of their sons. They also had them ring a bell in honor of their soldier by a traveling memorial torch.
“Tears come to my eyes because I know the pain they feel. I can see it in their eyes,” said Warren Williamson, Executive Director of Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest.
Williamson says parents of the fallen always tell him that their greatest fear is that people will forget. The group’s mission is to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“I live it every day, but it’s awesome to know that others are still remembering and honor his service,” explained Stumbo.
“I’m still just so proud of him and the choice he made to serve us and I’m grateful for him and for all of our soldiers,” said Katzenbach.
From Des Moines, the riders went on to Ottumwa. They will reach the end of the road on Sunday when they hold a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for all the soldiers they paid tribute to along the way.