Saturday, May 24, 2014

Spotlight Saturday - Rolling Thunder

You may or may not have heard about a "little" thing called Rolling Thunder.  Every Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of veterans and motorcycle enthusiasts make their way into Arlington, Virginia to meet in the parking lot of the Pentagon.  From there, they all cruise into Washington, DC where they surround the Vietnam Veteran War Memorial.  It is a breathtaking thing to see and hear.

Riders are assembling in the Pentagon parking lot

The purpose of this trek is to bring awareness and accountability to the many soldiers unaccounted for in the wars and conflicts the US has been involved in.  The name Rolling Thunder came from the sound of all those motorcycles rolling across Memorial Bridge into DC.

Several years ago, my husband and I were able to go down (in our car) and drive around while looking at all the festivities.  It is IMPOSSIBLE to find parking down there, so if you ever plan to visit, ride a motorcycle or take public transportation.

The drive into the city was pretty awesome.  Hundreds of people lined the sides of the streets and overpasses holding flags and signs, cheering and waving as the bikers passed by.  Buildings hung flags off the roofs that could be seen from the interstate.

photo credited to my uncle Steve

When we got into the city, every inch of grass was covered with people and motorcycles.  All the veterans were wearing their patches and pins and the spirit was high.

We were unable to get close to the Vietnam Memorial because they were having a presentation in front of it, but we were able to stop by Arlington National Cemetery on the way back.

The cemetery is a beautiful place filled with small white headstones of those who served the country. Countless memorials and monuments can be seen walking the paths through the property.  Some other notable grave sites are those of President John F. Kennedy and the Eternal Flame, former Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, along with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

We were very happy that we made the trip in, dealt with the traffic and not being able to park anywhere.  The experience of seeing all those veterans gather together for the fallen and missing was moving.
image via Rolling Thunder organization
Don't forget to thank the veterans in your life this Memorial Day!

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