A TRIBUTE TO ROLLING THUNDER ** OUR BIKES TO THE WALL
We come from across the nation
This group they call the “Bikers”
To pay respect to our comrades
Who answered our nation’s call
And as yet -
So many –
Have not come home at all
We ride for their sons and daughters
Lovers, families, and friends
Why can’t we get an answer?
So this hurt for them can end
They know not of their loved one’s fate
Instead they cry
Our leaders and government officials
Say they are doing the best they can
To bring our hero’s home at last
From that faraway, desolate land
We ride in honor of Col. Shelton
The only one our government will declare
A confirmed P. O. W.
Still suffering over there
This ride to the wall is our mission
And will be repeated again each year
To show that our missing brothers
Will never be forgotten
And that we will always care
Robert C. Fulps
1SG. U.S. Army Ret.
Postscript: Since I wrote this, more tragedy has befallen the Shelton family. I can find no way to put this in rhyme. Mrs Shelton took her own life when this terrible burden of waiting, hoping, and praying became too much to bear. The Colonel has been declared dead at the request of his children as they seek some sense of finality to the anguish they have suffered for so many years. We Veterans must now continue to support any effort to find and return our P.O.W./M.I.A. to their rightful place with their families and loved ones. Our commitment to this cause can never be diminished. We must never let their sacrifices be forgotten.