This Sunday, in honor of Memorial Day, hundreds of thousands will gather at the nation’s capital- Washington D.C. At the Pentagon, patriotic motorcyclists and supporters will silently gather at the North Parking lot at 7:00 AM. This First Amendment Demonstration Run calls for our government to recognize the Americans that were left behind and forgotten as Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) in Vietnam and other past wars.
The movement began in 1988 with 2,500 attendees. Today, over a million motorcyclists and observers come to this demonstration supporting the fallen and forgotten men and women who served our country . As the clock strikes noon, thousands of motorcycles will sound off, engines rumbling to life, like the sound of rolling thunder.
The Rolling Thunder Run’s mission is to “never forget” our nation’s service members that have bravely fought for our freedom. The Rolling Thunder website states the following:
“The Demonstration Run is an actual demonstration/protest for the fact that we left POWs and MIAs behind. The Run is to bring about awareness and to ensure it never happens again.”
Through legislative efforts, Rolling Thunder brought to life the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1993 and continues to lobby for our government to bring every American service member home. To this day, there are over 1,500 lives left unaccounted for from the Vietnam War and almost 8,000 unaccounted from the Korean War.* These brave Americans should not be forgotten about- they deserve to be brought back to American soil. That is what the Rolling Thunder Demonstration Run seeks to do.
The Rolling Thunder has seven chapters in Florida and many more throughout the United States. For more information about the Rolling Thunder Run and their chapters, visit their website at rollingthunderrun.com. This Memorial Day, take some time to remember those who fought valiantly for our freedom and for our country. America is beautiful and will always be the land of the free, because of the brave.
* Information gathered from rollingthunderrun.com