Riders from as far away as California and Texas, cross the heartlands of America together for the annual Freedom Ride Through Washington DC, coming together for the biggest one-day rally in the USA. This year marks 28 years -- May 22 to 25, 2015.
Nearly four million people have watched this video of Marine Sgt. Tim Chambers, standing for more than four hours at attention to salute the Rolling Thunder riders crossing the Washington Bridge.
First Amendment Demonstration Run
The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events.
Historic Interview With Rolling Thunder Founders
Rolling Thunder Run To The Wall - Freedom Ride Through Washington DC
Annually on Memorial Day Weekend
Rolling Thunder began in 1987 as a demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of prisons of war (POW) and to those missing in action (MIA.) Rolling Thunder originated when four Vietnam Veterans, exercising their First Amendment "Right to Petition and Assemble," organized the first group of 2,500 motorcycles to ride through the streets of Washington, DC. The first Rolling Thunder run was made in an attempt to petition the government to take responsibility for the soldiers that were abandoned after the Vietnam War ended.
Today, more than 500,000 riders participate in this "Freedom Ride" and as many as 900,000 people line the streets to welcome them to Washington DC.
See a slideshow of this year's Rolling Thunder Run at the official website: RollingThunderRun.com