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Rolling Thunder…..

May 26, 2009

One thing I really miss in India is listening to WTOP radio. It’s the low-caf version of NPR.

On Sunday morning, I turned on the radio and was reminded that Sunday was the day for Rolling Thunder. It’s a precursor to Memorial Day in America. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists gather in Washington, DC and roll through town. Many of them are military veterans. All of them are honoring the service of those who have served in the United States military. They mourn those who lost their lives and celebrate those who survived. It is a tribute like no other. They literally rumble through the streets. Motorcycles in America are not at all like scooters in India. They are loud and so many together – well, it shakes sky.

They were interviewing a man who had come from Minnesota (which is quite far away) to participate in Rolling Thunder. This is what he said, “Sure, I would rather be eating burgers with my family and having a cook out back home. My grandchildren will be running through the sprinkler and I will be here. But, as long as we have POWs and MIAs, I will be here honoring their service. They will not be forgotten. We want them all back home.”


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It turns out my mother-in-law rode in the parade – yes, she has always been cooler than me! 😉

Here is her picture…

rolling thunder carol

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 10:17 am

    Nice photos! We have a post up at the National Museum of American History’s ‘O Say Can You See’ blog about how one of our education specialists also experienced Rolling Thunder this year. We’d love for you to take a look!

    Allison Tara Sundaram
    National Museum of American History

  2. May 26, 2009 12:31 pm

    Terrific! A lot of people see someone on a motorcycle and think mean biker gangs and that just isn’t the case. So many of these guys served in the military and I am very proud of them. Cool mother in law!

  3. Oma permalink
    May 26, 2009 11:16 am

    We were there….Mr. J and I rode his Harley, he a Vet and I a mother who has a son in the Army. What a great day it was.. hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders waiting their turn to ride to the Capital and show suppose for Vets all over the world. People lined the streets waving flags, smiling and shouting their thanks..
    A day I will always remember.


  4. May 26, 2009 9:18 am

    Indeed! I love the sound of a Harley parade.

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