Governor Phil Bryant speaks with veterans at "Cruizin' the VA" e - - Jackson, MS

Governor Phil Bryant speaks with veterans at "Cruizin' the VA" event

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many of us know Mississippi's Governor Phil Bryant is a huge supporter of our troops. What you might not know about is his love for Harleys! The Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center was packed with bikers like Governor Bryant Saturday who were all "Cruisin'" to the Trail of Honor.

"In my opinion, all people hear about the VA is bad stuff," said Billy Henderson, a veteran who now works with the Department of Mississippi Marine Corp League. "None of the good stuff comes out, hardly ever. The VA does lots and lots of good stuff,"

The Trail of Honor is dedicated to educating people about the American military and its history.

"It supports our veterans, past and present. If you hadn't ever been to the trail, you need come, because it's really interesting," said Roger Barrett who works with the Trail of Honor and is the State Captain of the Patriot Guard.

Each year, just ahead of Memorial Day, Governor Bryant stops by the VA and rides out in a special tribute celebrating Mississippi's veterans.

"We ride for those young men in Omaha and Okinawa, and Korea," said Governor Bryant.

Before leaving though, the Governor walked around the hospital, making sure everything is operating smoothly, and handing out pins to Vietnam vets.

"It's got our seal, Thank you for your service," said Governor Bryant, handing a veteran a pin.

Veterans at the event said gestures like that are extremely important. 

"The fellowship of the people, that's the big thing. You might talk to some guy who might really be down that guy, but if you talk to him, stand around with him a while, he should have a brighter outlook on that day," added Henderson.

Billy Henderson has been volunteering with the VA for 18 years

"I'm a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, 1962-1966, so I try to keep being a marine," said Henderson. 

This coming Wednesday at the Trail of Honor, there will be a dedication ceremony for the state's Gold Star Family Memorial at Camp Shelby, and escorts will take the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to the Harley Davidson Shop in Jackson.

"It just brings awareness for veterans and the sacrifices they've made for this county and our freedom," added Barrett.

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