Dearborn, Wayne County and Michigan state police raced down Michigan Avenue in Dearborn Tuesday—but not in pursuit of a criminal.
The officers joined a patriotic motorcycle escort—including five chapters of the American Legion Riders and members of the Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, Leathernecks, Viet Now and Combat Vets—on its way to a five-day public display of The Wall That Heals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.
Free public viewing of Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica will begin on Thursday, Oct. 25, following a 10 a.m. opening ceremony and run 24 hours per day until 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
Novi native and Vietnam veteran Bob Dobek led the motorcade, driving the trailer holding the memorial into Dearborn Tuesday with his wife, Brenda.
Now residents of Iowa, Brenda Dobek explained that Bob spent nearly 24 years in the army. The couple were hired to drive the Wall That Heals memorial in 2010.
"This is our 83rd site," she said.
Bob added that participating in the display of the memorial never ceases to amaze him, but added that bringing The Wall That Heals to Dearborn was like a homecoming for him.
"It's nice to be this close to my original home," he said.