JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Tuesday shoppers at the Jasper Walmart were able to witness the debut of a very special motorcycle in East Texas.
Walmart managers along with ember of the Texas chapter of Honor and Remember pulled off the cover of a 1979 customized Harley Davidson for all to see.
Honor and Remember State Director Roy James brought the cycle to the area from Dallas. The bike used to belong to Louis Qualls and his family.
"Louis was an avid motorcycle fan and so was his father," James said. "Louis decided to buy this bike and customize it to what he wanted. He was deployed with the Marines and told his father we will just have to finish the project when I come back. Unfortunately he was killed and didn't come back."
Qualls was killed in action on Nov. 16, 2004. The bike was finished by a Dallas shop free of charge, and then the family started taking it around to military events.
"It became to much for the family to do and that is when they contacted us about donating it so Louis' life and passion could live on," James said.
The Harley will be on display until right before Memorial Day. James said it will move with the traveling Memorial Wall to Harlingen for a special Memorial Day event and then continue to tour the state.