It's been a long journey for the ten riders of the Dakota tribe -- 4,000 miles on horseback across the country on a trip called the Unity Ride. At noon Monday, they'll arrive in Newtown to meet with the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard.
On that day, one of the nation's oldest cavalries will greet the descendants of Sitting Bull in the spirit of peace.
"After the tragic events in December at Sandy Hook, the Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and healing," wrote Ken Fay in a release from the horse guard. "These riders wish to bring that message to Newtown and the State Of Connecticut."
They're making their way down the Hudson River right now, joined in solidarity by more than 200 canoes, headed for the ceremony at noon Monday at horse guard headquarters on Wasserman Way, where Major Gordon Johnson will welcome them. They'll pass in review of the troops, delegates, guests and the public, then stay in Newtown until Wednesday. Afterwards, they'll head to the United Nations in New York and conclude their journey by meeting President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.