Hundreds of thousands rolled thunder through DC to remember our beloved fallen

DCNFGrace Carr, DCNF

Motorcycle riders from all over America converged on the United States Capitol Sunday to pay their respects to American veterans and to those U.S. soldiers who never returned home.

Thousands of motorcycles, donned with American flags, and riders clad with leather vests, bandanas and military badges blazed across Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.’s 31st annual “Rolling Thunder” parade. Onlookers, young and old, cheered and waved. Many sported red, white and blue and saluted the bikers as they rode by.

Hundreds of Vietnam War vets rode among the entourage of colorful motorcycles. Their fellow vets watching from the sidewalk rose their fists in tribute as riders passed. The show of patriotism and respect, from the crowd and riders, toward those fallen soldiers and missing in action troops inspired chills of pride.

Onlookers gathered around the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the WWII memorial to pay their respects to our American soldiers as the motorcycles rode by. Parents held little kids on their shoulders and couples linked arms as they greeted the riders that whirred down Constitution Ave., cheering their fellow Americans.

Rolling Thunder reminds us why we’re proud to be Americans.

A US veteran salutes as thousands of bikers and Military veterans take part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle parade in Washington DC, on May 27, 2018. – Wearing bandanas, cowboy hats or gleaming helmets, tens of thousands of bikers descended on Washington Sunday to parade in honor of US soldiers missing in action in foreign wars, a now 30-year-old tradition known as “Rolling Thunder.” (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – US Marine Tim Chambers salutes as participants in the Rolling Thunder annual motorcycle rally ride in Washington DC, on May 28, 2017.
Motorcyclists are in Washington for the traditional annual Rolling Thunder ahead of Memorial Day, May 29. / AFP PHOTO / Jose Luis Magana (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Connie Miller holds her banner as she waves to participants in the Rolling Thunder annual motorcycle rally, as they ride on Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington DC, May 28, 2017.
Motorcyclists are in Washington for the traditional annual Rolling Thunder ahead of Memorial Day, May 29. / AFP PHOTO / Jose Luis Magana (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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