They ride in fundraisers. They ride in parades. They ride in the funerals of veterans, some of whom gave their lives during military service to the nation.

Their Nov. 3 ride into Crosby was a different sort of trip for motorcycle units comprised of veterans and the family members of veterans. For the last few miles of the journey, they escorted the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to American Legion David H. McNerney Post 658 in Crosby, where it would highlight the region’s Veterans Appreciation events, a moving prelude to the nation’s commemoration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Riders from Liberty and Harris counties were among the participants.

The display of the memorial is not a typical salute to veterans, notably to those who served in the Vietnam War. A committee of volunteers led by Crosby’s Son Harvest Church spent a couple of years making possible the presence of the three-fifths scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, which bears the names of 58,272 U.S. honored dead and missing from the Vietnam War. It would be displayed at the Crosby post through Nov. 6.

Some of the veterans who escorted the memorial into Crosby expressed the solemnity of the duty and pride in being a part of it. A patch on the back of one rider’s coat read, “Some gave all. All gave some.”

Vietnam War veterans Lee Laws and Thomas O’Hern, both American Legion Riders and members of Cleveland-based American Legion Post 393, rode their bikes in the procession. Laws served in the Air Force; O’Hern the Marine Corps. Both fought in it.

Laws and O’Hern did not escort solely a memorial. They escorted the memories of all of those names on that Wall.

The experience was about those names.

“Those names are real people — fathers and sons — and they are Americans,” said Laws, who is the post finance officer and American Legion District 2 vice commander. “They are real people, and they fought for our freedoms. I was right along with them, but I was lucky enough to come back. And they weren’t. This is my tribute to them.

“It was a very humbling experience just to be here, to be a part of this. I’ve always wanted to do this. I’m glad I was able to.”

Vietnam War veteran Ed Anderson of Huffman escorted the memorial with the Texas Patriot Guard Riders, which Anderson described as a national organization that was started “to block protesters at military funerals” and that continues to participate in veterans’ funerals at the request of the families of the deceased.

“To Vietnam veterans, it is a symbol and a reminder of those that lost their lives,” said Anderson, who fought in Cambodia as a Marine, “and it is a real honor to come and to be involved, in any way, with the Wall. To escort it, in a manner that is a fitting tribute to the Wall, is special.”

Old Glory waved from a Crosby Fire Department ladder suspended over FM 2100, north of Highway 90. Highlands resident and Army retiree David Nickerson loved it.

“The best thing in the ride was coming into Crosby and seeing that flag up there on that ladder truck,” Nickerson, a Southeast Texas Patriot Guard Rider, said. “That was sharp. I enjoyed that.”