Hundreds of motorcycles escorted The Wall that Heals to Erie from Conneaut, Ohio. Bikers describe the ride as 'once in a lifetime.'

"This was absolutely spectacular. We kind of live in these dark times, and for this brief moment, today, everything kind of seemed alright." That’s how Steve Weston described riding in the motorcade escorting The Wall that Heals to Erie on Wednesday afternoon.

"The guys need the support,” Carl Kalkbrenner told Erie News Now. “As much as they've given, we owe them a lot more than a little more than a little motorcycle ride."

The motorcade was far from a little motorcycle ride. Around 600 bikes escorted The Wall that Heals to Erie from Conneaut, Ohio. Police from several local departments rode along, too.

It’s a ‘Welcome Home’ long overdue. "When we came back from Vietnam. There was nobody here for us pretty much. To see this many people and the thousands of people along the roadway, it was very humbling,” said Vietnam Vet, Dan Muneamioal.

Veterans like Richard “Goldie” Goldsmith, say the parade is a stark difference from when he came home from active duty decades ago. "It's a big change in the country that now, they respect our veterans and now they welcome them home. It was good on this parade route to see all the people that came out to support veterans. It brought tears to my eyes in a couple of places,” he said.

Goldsmith and others were surprised to see people of all ages along Route 20 and 26th Street. "Children, adults, every walk of life was lined against the road. I've been kind of close to that, but never to this level," said Weston.

After a war 50 years gone, they finally feel welcomed home. "We have a lot of veterans that felt lost, and now it's like they're truly coming home with the support of everybody,” said Goldsmith.

The Wall that Heals will finally be pieced together in Erie starting Thursday morning. The public is welcome to visit as it’s assembled.