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A Parade of Motorcycles: A Memorial Day Demonstration in Washington DC
Rolling Thunder is an annual Memorial Day demonstration where thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington, DC seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues. This is a wonderful patriotic event that expands and gets larger and larger each year. These photos of Rolling Thunder show just a glimpse of the event. For a fuller experience, you'll have to join in the festivities and and hear the amazing roar of thousands of engines in unison. Enjoy these photos!Continue to 2 of 32 below.
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Rolling Thunder at Arlington Memorial Bridge
Rolling Thunder motorcycles begin their journey at the Pentagon in Northern Virginia, cross over Arlington Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC and then proceed down Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Capitol and around the National Mall.Continue to 3 of 32 below.
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Map of Rolling Thunder Route
This map shows the route of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally. Participants assemble at the Pentagon and ride their motorcycles across the Arlington Memorial Bridge, down Constitution Avenue towards the Capitol Building, turn at 3rd Street and again at Independence Avenue proceeding around the National Mall and ending near the Lincoln Memorial. See Photos of Rolling Thunder.Continue to 4 of 32 below.
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Harley Davidsons are the motorcycle of choice for most participants because they are American made and make the loudest roar.Continue to 5 of 32 below.
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Bikers Relaxing on the National Mall
Motorcycles are parked everywhere throughout Washington, DC. People bring their bikes to participate and to watch the continuous parade of Rolling Thunder.Continue to 6 of 32 below.
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Motorcycles Park Everywhere in Washington, DC
Approximately 400,000 motorcycles are in Washington, DC for Rolling Thunder. They are everywhere you look around in the city during this special event.Continue to 7 of 32 below.
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Volkswagon Beetle Conversion to a Motorcycle
Part car, part motorcycle - Lots of interesting vehicles participate in Rolling Thunder.Continue to 8 of 32 below.
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Cage of a Prisoner of War
Some participants of Rolling Thunder pull cages, symbolizing Prisoners of War to remind us of the need to help and to honor them.Continue to 9 of 32 below.
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Motorcycle with a SidecarContinue to 10 of 32 below.
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Honda Goldwing with a Space Age SidecarContinue to 11 of 32 below.
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TrikeContinue to 12 of 32 below.
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Many of the motorcyclists wave flags as they participate in Rolling Thunder.Continue to 13 of 32 below.
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Concessions are set up offering refreshments to the crowd.Continue to 14 of 32 below.
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Giant Flag on the Mall
Patriotic flags and symbols are displayed in honor of Memorial DayContinue to 15 of 32 below.
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Jesus Loves Bikers Float
People come to Washington, DC from all over the country to support POWs and MIAs.Continue to 16 of 32 below.
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Lincoln Memorial Stage Area
Thousands gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial following the Rolling Thunder parade. Patriotic music and inspirational speakers entertain the crowd.Continue to 17 of 32 below.
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Honor Guard March
As part of the speaker program, an honor guard marches in to pay tribute to Veterans.Continue to 18 of 32 below.
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Parade of MotorcyclesContinue to 19 of 32 below.
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More MotorcyclesContinue to 20 of 32 below.
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Patriot BikersContinue to 21 of 32 below.
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Rolling Thunder inspires a day of patriotic music.Continue to 22 of 32 below.
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More Rolling ThunderContinue to 23 of 32 below.
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Support Our Troops, Defend POWs and MIAsContinue to 24 of 32 below.
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Military Trucks Participate in Rolling Thunder
A variety of vehicles participate in Rolling Thunder along with the motorcycles.Continue to 25 of 32 below.
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More MotorcyclesContinue to 26 of 32 below.
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Quilt of Tears
Agent Orange Victims & Widows Support Network displays "A Quilt of Tears" showing support for the families of veterans who died during the Vietnam War.Continue to 27 of 32 below.
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More MotorcyclesContinue to 28 of 32 below.
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Drum and Fife Corps
A drum and fife corps marches along the Reflecting Pool while the speaker program begins in front of the Lincoln Memorial.Continue to 29 of 32 below.
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Women's Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
Many of the memorials in Washington, DC are decorated with wreaths for Rolling Thunder and Memorial Day.Continue to 30 of 32 below.
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A Veteran group from Massachusetts set this large flag on the National Mall in honor of POWs.Continue to 31 of 32 below.
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SpectatorsContinue to 32 of 32 below.
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Combat Vets Association