MOUNTAIN TOP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Honor and country were the two prominent themes Sunday at a motorcycle ride and parade for Vietnam and Korean veterans.
The engines were revved up at the “Voice for the Fallen” event at the American Legion in Mountain Top.
It was a homecoming fit for a hero like Sarge Lintecum, a three-tour Vietnam combat veteran. He says when he came home from war, there was no patriotic welcome like this.
“That was worse for me than the war,” says Lintecum. “It was unbelievably hard to not be welcome.”
Sunday, Lintecum says he felt very proud to finally be feeling a celebration.
Lintecum, his wife Leslie, and their service dog drove from Scottsdale, Arizona to Mountain Top to participate.
“I’ve been with him for 48 years and everyday I am more proud,” says Leslie Lintecum. “He really struggled for about 19 years with post traumatic stress disorder.”
Sarge Lintecum channeled his pain into music, writing, and poetry.
“I was raised up to be just a big puppy,” he says. “They trained me to be an attack dog.”
Hundreds of bikers took the more than 20 mile ride to Berwick, Columbia County where 90 Vietnam and Korean veterans were honored at the VFW.
For many, the ride and ceremony was personal.
“I am a veteran myself,” says Cynders Hunsicker, a Gulf War veteran. “It is very important for us acknowledge and recognize these veterans and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.
Those riding vow to never forget.
“I feel like it is my duty to do that,” says road captain Michael Brandon.
This is the second year “Voice for the Fallen” has hosted a ride for veterans. Organizers say they plan to hold another one next year.
The organization also hosts a clothing and food drive for homeless veterans every november.