A quarter million motorcycles roar into Washington in Rolling Thunder tribute to veterans and missing in action soldiers


My Comment:  God Bless you Rolling Thunder!  And thank you, we will never forget!

The Washington Mall and the Pentagon rumbled with 250,000 motorcycles on Sunday as Rolling Thunder rumbled into the capital.

Some 900,00 riders, passengers and spectators traveled from across the country for Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to veterans and those stilling missing in action.

The annual event started in 1988, when the Vietnam War was still fresh on the nation’s mind.

Rolling Thunder: Sounds of motorcyclists, many carrying flags to remember their fallen colleagues, rumbled into Washington DC on Sunday to kick off Memorial Day celebrations

Rolling Thunder: Sounds of motorcyclists, many carrying flags to remember their fallen colleagues, rumbled into Washington DC on Sunday to kick off Memorial Day celebrations

Paying tribute: A U.S. serviceman salutes as hundreds of bikers pass him at the 26th annual Rolling Thunder

Paying tribute: A U.S. serviceman salutes as hundreds of bikers pass him at the 26th annual Rolling Thunder

Older generation: Many of the riders are in their 60s - from the generation that was drafted and sent off to the Vietnam War, only to sustain heavy casualties

Older generation: Many of the riders are in their 60s – from the generation that was drafted and sent off to the Vietnam War, only to sustain heavy casualties

Many of the riders displayed the rough-and-tumble look of aging tough guys. However, each of the riders came out to honor veterans and those who never came back from war

Many of the riders displayed the rough-and-tumble look of aging tough guys. However, each of the riders came out to honor veterans and those who never came back from war

Scruffy: Most of the bikers sported long beards - many of which were gray or white with age

Scenic route: The Rolling Thunder parade route passed the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument and the capital's great war memorials

This rider opted to show his patriotism and support for veterans by flying numerous flags from the back of his motorcycle

Attention: A U.S. soldier saluted the passing bikers as they rode past the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. The 'Ride for Freedom' parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators

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