Tomorrow Sunday May 24, the 22nd annual motorcycle event called Rolling Thunder will honor all the Vets, POWs and MIA’s of all wars. You saw the parade on TV, while in Washington or even have been part of it. But you may not know about this rally’s history. Rolling Thunder began as a demonstration following the era of the Vietnam War, which was a difficult time in America’s history. Many of America’s military were killed or missing in action and their remains were not being brought home to be respectfully buried and honored. In 1988, Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, 2 veterans of the Vietnam War, rallied together their families, fellow veterans, and veterans’ advocates to organize a demonstration at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend.
A group of 2500 bikers participated asking the government to account for all MIA/s and POW/s. Since then, an annual “Ride For Freedom” is organized every Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The parade destination is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and if you are a spectator in Washington on Sunday, the best and most spectacular viewing spot is along the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Constitution Avenue. The parade will begin to assemble from 7am to noon at the Pentagon parking lot. Departure at noon. Rolling Thunder.