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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The National Veterans Awareness Ride stopped in Des Moines on a cross-country tour from Sacramento to Washington D.C.

While in Iowa, the riders are stopping to visit with veterans hospitals in Des Moines, Iowa City, and also the Iowa Veteran's Home in Marshalltown.

The riders gathered at AmVets Post 2 located near North High School for a breakfast before their departure Monday morning.

"Iowa's one of our big states," said Mike Kline of Bettendorf. "We make three stops to visit vets here in Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Iowa City.

"We like to visit the vets and let them know they are not forgotten," Kline added.

The group of 40 or so riders will join the Rolling Thunder Protest parade with the MIA POW group in Washington D.C. over Memorial Day weekend.

"We have 40 riders today," said Kline. "We normally have around 100, but our numbers are down a little this year."

They are expecting to pick up more than 40 riders in Michigan City and Indiana along the way to Washington.