TELLER COUNTY, Colo. -

Thousands of people are honoring soldiers in Teller County after troops sacrificed their lives for their country. 

The POW/MIA Recognition Ride is in its 27th year.

Al Longstaff is an Air Force veteran. He said he lost many friends because they were protecting the U.S. during war.

He said he is speechless seeing thousands of people honoring his friends.

“Words don't really describe the amount of people who are here to honor our veterans, active duty, and ones who are no longer with us,” Longstaff said.

Longstaff joined more than 5,000 bikers who started their trip in Woodland Park and ended it by riding under a huge U.S. flag in Cripple Creek.

Even though people remembered America’s heroes by riding bikes, Jacqui Kroeckel waved the the U.S. flag with her friends to honor the troops.

“We thought it would be a great time to honor the service members,” she said.

Her great uncle was missing in action during his time in the military. Kroeckel said waving the stars and stripes is her way of saying thank you.

Highway 67 from Divide to Cripple Creek was renamed the POW/MIA Memorial Highway last year.

The event is still going on Sunday in Cripple Creek.