Motorcycle Riders Prepare to Welcome Home Veterans

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COLUMBIA - The U.S. government shutdown did not stop Central Missouri Honor Flight from taking its 25th flight to Washington D.C. Tuesday.

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The veterans on the trip took down barriers in D.C. to be able to visit the memorials they served to protect years ago.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcycle riders, are spending their Tuesday evening working to make the welcome home for the veterans in Columbia more memorable.

"It's a great tribute to these veterans, to show them how that much Mid- Missouri actually cares about our vets," senior ride Captain Reed Hickam said.

The riders will meet the veterans in Kingdom City Tuesday night, and escort them back to the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia. Hickam said he expects around 1,000 people to be at the welcome.

"These people gave their time away from their families and some of them gave their lives to protect us and our freedom," Hickam said.

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