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Hundreds of thousands of bikers rumble into D.C. for Rolling Thunder
The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2013 | Meredith Somers

Posted on 05/26/2013 4:44:28 PM PDT by jazusamo

Excellent slide show at link

Perfect temperatures, a bright sun and blue sky commanded Sunday’s forecast, but it was the sound of thunder that stood out for the D.C. area, as more than a half-million motorcycles rumbled through the city for the 26th annual Rolling Thunder.

Thousands of locals and visitors lined the roughly 10-mile loop along the Potomac River and across the Memorial Bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial and east to the Mall.

“Nobody else loves America the way you love America,” Rolling Thunder founder Artie Muller told hundreds of riders just hours before they assembled in the Pentagon parking lot in Arlington. “Our veterans, our clubs, veterans organization and the public are unbelievable.”

The event got its name from the rumbling sound made by the thousands of motorcycles cruising into the District. The bike ride on Sunday was the exclamation point for the weekend-long event, which included speeches and ceremonies to recognize prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

As the sun rose on what turned out to be a beautiful day, the parking lot at the Pentagon buzzed with the low rumble of bikes whose riders caught up with old friends, introduced themselves to new acquaintances and jockeyed for parade positions.

Standing alongside his Harley-Davidson, 65-year-old Pete Clark said this was his first year riding with Rolling Thunder and his first visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

As a Vietnam veteran himself, the McKinney, Texas, resident said he spent several hours at the memorial wall Saturday.

“It was emotional,” said Mr. Clark, who served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: memorialday; rollingthunder; thosewhogaveall

1 posted on 05/26/2013 4:44:28 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Damn I just got something in my eye!


2 posted on 05/26/2013 4:47:23 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: jazusamo

And zero came out to meet n greet and he was received enthusiastically.


3 posted on 05/26/2013 4:48:11 PM PDT by knarf (uals-two logic)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT!


4 posted on 05/26/2013 4:50:35 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: jazusamo
That brought tears to my eyes.

Rode in several with my hubby. Hope to do again.

5 posted on 05/26/2013 4:50:51 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: jazusamo

G-d bless each and every one of them.


6 posted on 05/26/2013 5:04:48 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: jazusamo

Had to go to the airport in Harrisburg yesterday .. on the way home, a sizable herd of ‘em were on the other side headed south .. prolly 300ish+ spread out over a couple miles or so.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 5:08:11 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

Thanks, they are most impressive.

May God Bless Those Who Gave All, our Veterans and Rolling Thunder.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 5:11:30 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

This something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but having had a stroke back in December, I don’t know if my right leg is ever going to be up to a six thousand mile round trip. I am not ready to cross it off my list just yet. Bless all the riders who went this year and I hope all make it home safely.


9 posted on 05/26/2013 5:13:22 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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10 posted on 05/26/2013 5:14:27 PM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: beelzepug

Best wishes for a full recovery and that you’ll be able to make the ride.


11 posted on 05/26/2013 5:16:32 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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12 posted on 05/26/2013 5:17:34 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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Bless you riders!

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13 posted on 05/26/2013 5:26:27 PM PDT by black_diamond
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To: jazusamo
I was there today, and it was breathtaking. So many good men and women, young and old, all turning out to honor our vets, our fallen, and those left behind. And the spectators! Cheering, waving flags, saluting...I was so proud and grateful to be there and a part of this.

God bless the USA!

14 posted on 05/26/2013 5:28:00 PM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Jonah Hex

I was all ready to post ‘this thread is useless without pix’, but we still need MORE!


15 posted on 05/26/2013 5:43:41 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Jonah Hex

Thanx for the pic!


16 posted on 05/26/2013 6:03:45 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: beelzepug
Fly out and rent one from Eagle Rider or somebody like that.
17 posted on 05/26/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: jazusamo

Great! I hope they all get off the street at least by ten and go to bed! Nothing like 300+ Harleys up and down the street at 12:00am....200+ at 2:00am....and so on.


18 posted on 05/26/2013 6:28:44 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Q: The worst president in US history?)
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To: knarf
And zero came out to meet n greet and he was received enthusiastically.

I missed that in the article.

19 posted on 05/26/2013 6:32:52 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Jane Long

yeah there’s nothing about obama at the source


20 posted on 05/26/2013 7:12:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: jazusamo

Second it, God Bless the USA!


21 posted on 05/26/2013 7:15:41 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: jazusamo

Amen, and thanks for the thread, jaz.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 7:18:19 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: jazusamo
Larry Heaton made the roughly 2,700-mile trip from Klamath Falls, Ore., with his old college roommate and fellow U.S. Army buddy. “It’s our first time” the 76-year-old said. “It was on our bucket list. We just wanted to see it..”

Wow.
23 posted on 05/26/2013 7:24:48 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Riley

“...rent one...”

That’s a very good thought. Thanks.


24 posted on 05/26/2013 8:21:54 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks, I appreciate it.


25 posted on 05/26/2013 8:23:25 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Jane Long

Im sorry .. I got confused ... that was Gearge W Bush !


26 posted on 05/27/2013 1:15:28 AM PDT by knarf (uals-two logic)
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