‘Absolutely awesome’: Rolling Thunder honors vets, rolls into DC for Memorial Day [pics, vine video]


The 25th annual Rolling Thunder Run rolled  into Washington, D.C. today.

Rolling Thunder includes hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists who ride to honor our veterans and in memory of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

More from Weta.org:

In the summer of 1987, Ray Manzo, a corporal in the USMC, and Artie Muller, a Vietnam veteran, came together with an idea. Frustrated that the voice for missing soldiers was not loud enough, they sought to bring attention to the cause. They planned a group motorcycle ride to the Vietnam Wall for Memorial Day 1988 and started recruiting riders. “It will be the sound of rolling thunder coming across that bridge” said Bob Schmitt, one of the early organizers as he envisioned the event.

It’s getting dusty in here. Sniffle.

Sarah and Todd Palin participated in 2011 and she also tweeted about the wonderful event last year.

From her Facebook page:

Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We were honored to join them last year.

Twitter users are providing spectacular photos and vine videos, while providing on-the-scene reports.

Wow! No confirmed numbers yet, but impressive nonetheless. America!

Three Vietnam Vets  2 who were POW's at #rollingthunder

Pretty Bad-Ass Iraq War Veteran #rollingthunder

Rolling Thunder in front of Lincoln Memorial

America --> #rollingthunder

Rolling Thunder #washingtonDC #memorialday


Amen. An amazing tribute to the brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom.

In a nutshell:

  • ratizbad

    Hey Hussein..These are real Americans! Unlike you.

    • JustLikeAnimals

      Ha! All 900,000 of them ought to park outside OUR White House and in unison yell “F&@k Y%u!!!” to the lying, cheating, Bastard-in-Chief.

      • Randi Starr

        NOW, where is all those liberal smart ass’s?

  • pajamakat

    Obama must think they’re all coming to town to see him.

    • Jeremy

      yeah he is arrogant enough.

  • 2ifbyT

    I live 200 yards from the intersection shown on the Vine video, and have for 12 years. I never get tired of seeing these patriots riding by. God Bless each and every one. The sound is unlike anything else you’ll ever hear. If you are outside DC, Rolling Thunder is one pilgrimage you should make in your lifetime.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Do the participants pay a fee for this? Do they need to get a permit to have a parade into DC?

    On a more humorous note, the following tweet caught my eye:
    ” Just ran into the Rolling thunder riders in DC #Memorial #weekend twitter.com/drflossie/stat?

    ? Rosie (@drflossie) May 26, 2013″

    I hope she didn’t hit them too hard.

  • Ntr

    I wouldn’t put it past this horrible admin (Homeland Security, Justice Department) in ‘cataloging’ all these people, the bikers and people watching, and putting them on some sort of watchlist.

    • unknown

      As well as labeling them as racists and generalizing them with all the other biker gangs

      • Randi Starr

        Trust me, they don’t give a f***!

  • nc

    Awesome photos! Amazing tradition, God bless them all!

  • Rich

    George Bush greeted Rolling Thunder and was presented a leather jacket by them.
    Do you think Obama will be there?

    • JustLikeAnimals

      Ha!!!!!! @BarackObama is hiding in a closet somewhere, curled up in the fetal position, pissing himself silly, and terrified of all the bad-ass, Harley-riding, white m^%$#rf^%$#rs who just took over his ‘hood.

      • pajamakat

        You are funny – great comment.

  • NRPax

    I live in Montgomery County in Maryland. While I was walking my dog this morning, I had the pleasure of seeing a lot of those riders pass by us on the way to D.C..

  • ibreakthings (D)

    I am proud to have two photos of mine posted here and I’m glad that y’all enjoyed them. It was an honor to take part in the event and see the crowds out on the streets. Thank you.

  • ernst1776

    WOW, that was great to scroll though …. Thanx Twichy.

  • Jeremy

    Great American Patriots.

  • Mandy in SC

    I’ve been to Rolling Thunder a few times, when I lived in the area. It’s an amazing, emotional experience. I would love to attend again, maybe even make the ride some day. My parents have made the Ride every year that I can remember. They are there this year, with a large group of friends… And 2 years ago made it clear that I was not to plan my wedding for Memorial Day weekend, because they have standing plans (I think they were only half joking). Every biker I know (and I know several through my parents) has some kind of tribute to military on their bike, or helmet, or the gear they regularly wear (like their vests), and tries to attend this event. I expect to see tons more pictures from this event all over my feed and would be happy to share – once I get permission. Happy Memorial day!

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Perhaps Barry could disrespect some more Marines today. You know, just doing his part.

  • Marjorie

    My late husband (a three tour ‘Nam Vet) rode with Rolling Thunder for years. So many memories…so many tears…much love and laughter…RIP Dan. I put roses on your grave today and still love and miss you!