POSTED: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 5:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 9:17am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Military vets of all ages gathered at McAllen's War Memorial on Veterans Day. The granite tower stands 105 feet tall. It honors the more than 1.3 million Americans killed or missing in the United States' wars.
Six people drove all the way from North Carolina because one of their own called McAllen home. They cam to display the names of the more than 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam.
"It takes us about a 28 hour drive," said Bill Dixon, president of the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans. "With the wall, and all this equipment, we couldn't have flown."
The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans came down to the Valley after they heard about Nikki Rowe High School. Nikki Rowe was a McAllen native, former POW and was a member of their organization.
"Nikki Rowe was one of our heroes, and also a member of our group that helped us build our memorial in North Carolina," said Ron Harris, who wrote a play about veterans that students from Nikki Rowe performed.
Some in the group have returned to Vietnam to give back. Wherever they've gone, they've paid their own way, including coming to the Valley. They do it all to support the troops.
"I feel like it's something that I've got to do, or need to do, needs to be done and if I don't do it, who's going to?" Harris asked.