PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 bikers hit the road Wednesday morning for the world's largest single-day motorcycle event.
It's called Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle run and peaceful protest in Washington D.C. to make noise for POWs and MIAs.
The run has grown from a couple thousand to more than one million bikers and spectators.
This time, Goodwin took about 25 bikes with him.
"I call it a three-day family hug-in to remember those who haven't come back," Goodwin said. "It's a very touching experience."
Rolling Thunder began as a post- Vietnam War protest.
"This ride was born 27 years ago by some men whose friends did not come back," Goodwin said. "They knew they were POWs so they rode to Washington and made noise to alert the president and Congress."
Twenty-seven years later, more than a million people continue to make noise for these missing men and women.
"There are still those that have not been accounted for or have not returned," Goodwin said. "We still want an accounting, even though there's not much hope for a live return. But we at least want their families to know."
Rolling Thunder is not only a healing process for these families, but the veterans themselves.
"A lot of us GIs, whether we served in Vietnam or not, came home to an unfriendly welcome," participant David Hicklin said. "This is our way of getting together, just forgetting the past, doing some healing."
Hicklin joined Goodwin's group three years ago to make the trip to D.C.
"They would do high-altitude bombings and the north Vietnamese never even knew the bombs were coming," Hicklin said.
Goodwin said the motorcycles even sound like "rolling thunder" as they cross the Memorial Bridge in Washington D.C.
"Just the continuous roar of the motorcycles," Goodwin said.
The day comes to a quieter end at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"For as long as I can ride, I'm going back," Hicklin said.