Riders honor fallen soldiers on cross country journey

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 20:53:46-04
A group of motorcycle riders is traveling 3,000 miles across the country, all to honor families of soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 
"This 14-day ride is going to take us through 12 different states including here the state of Idaho," said Warren Williamson, the Executive Director of the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest.  "Along this journey, we are going to be honoring 50 fallen soldiers in 12 states."
Each of the 50 "gold star" families gets a 60-minute visit with the bikers and then they are presented with a memorial plaque and portrait of their loved one, simply to say thank you for their service and sacrifice.
Throughout the journey, they are traveling with a memorial flame, which represents the spirit of fallen soldiers, which they say they take great pride in. 
"We make sure it stays lit through the entire journey and it's a pretty special thing to us," said Williamson.
"Once we arrive in Washington D.C. we extinguish the flame in memory of all fallen heroes."
On Monday, they stopped into the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to visit the family of Robert Dyas, a 21-year-old Army Specialist who died September 21st, 2011 in
"He was just a spitfire. We are just so proud of him," said his mother, Melissa Nowland. 
"We can't say enough for what he did," said his Stepdad Jerry Nowland. "We just love him."
The bikers say Robert's spirit is now traveling with them on their journey and they will protect it at all costs, which the family said is beyond moving.
"I can't express in words. He's headed to Arlington and it's such an honor. We can't honor him enough for the sacrifice," said his parents.
Roberts family said they are so thankful for all of the riders who are making sure their soldier and all soldiers are never forgotten.
"You do get to a point where you think will your soldier ever be forgotten?  I have confirmed now in my heart that he won't be, not with this," said Melissa.  
To follow them digitally on their journey click here