MOUNTAIN TOP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Honor and country — two prominent themes at a motorcycle ride and parade for Vietnam and Korean veterans.
Eyewitness News Reporter Lauren Hensley was there when the engines were revved up in the “Voice for the Fallen” event at the American Legion in Mountain Top.
It’s a homecoming fit for a hero. Heroes 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. It was unbelievably hard to not be welcome.
“how does it make you feel today that we are celebrating you?”
Proud. Very proud. ” said Sarge Lintecum.
Lintecum, his wife Leslie and their service dog drove from Scottsdale, Arizona to Mountain Top to participate in a parade and ceremony that honors the men and women who served in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war.
“I’ve been with him for 48 years and everyday i am more proud. He really struggled for about 19 years with post traumatic stress disorder.” said Leslie Lintecum
Sarge channeled his pain into music, writing and poetry.
Finding healing through art.
Hundreds of bikers will take the 20 plus mile ride to Berwick. In Berwick 90 Korean and Vietnam war veterans will be honored. And for many, this is a personal mission.
“I am a veteran myself. It is very important for us acknowledge and recognize these veterans and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.” Said Cynders Hunsicker, a Gulf War Veteran
Those riding– vow to never forget….
“Because I feel like it is my duty to do that.” Said Michael Brandon, Road Captain.
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.