Memorial Day weekend – 1999 –
e had just agreed to a transfer to work in NVA –
the Three of us – Sherry – myself and our youngest daughter Tammy –
Had just come up on the street in D.C. at Foggy Bottom –
George Washington University –
we were going to tour Washington – when we heard the ROAR !
MOTOR CYCLES – a lot of motor cycles – what was going on ?
There were bikes everywhere – parked – every place you could fit one –
and flags – black leather – tattoo’s – noise – vendors –
As we walked down hill and closer to Constitution Avenue – the crowds were huge !
2019 – Memorial Day weekend – 20 years to the day later –
we retraced those steps –
this time with our two oldest grand daughters – Ella & Maddy Myers.
They had come to stay with us for a couple days –
these two laugh and giggle all the time –
but across the bridge – from the Pentagon – came the noise
The ROAR – thousands and thousands of bikes – riders – flags on the rear –
And lining the street – sometimes 10 deep –
the whole of Constitution Avenue – Tens of thousands of people !
We met up with part of our family who had come from afar – Pa. & N.C.-Va.
To see what is to be the LAST RIDE of
” ROLLING THUNDER ” !
It has gotten too costly – and I guess some ill will from the Pentagon –
Too bad as they are riding for our VETS – POW’S and MIA’S !
What we first saw 20 years ago – we were able to share with these two.
A beautiful day to walk around –
see DC as you never see it with Bikes everywhere !
And to share this with family !
Nathan – Mr. “B” – Lindsey from Pa.
We spent the day watching the ” ROAR” which went from Noon –
and was still going at 4:00 PM.
Kyle and Bethany from Manassas Va. – their five children and a guest .
My happy place when we visit and walk DC – THE MALL !
20 years we have been doing this –
bringing family – friends and sometimes just ourselves –
riding in on the Metro or driving in –
Wishing everyone a great Memorial day –
” ALL GAVE SOME – SOME GAVE ALL “
The “ROARING THUNDER ” was established for the VETS of the Vietnam War.
Today – it is a symbol for ALL VETS –
let us not forget those Vets –
And each day forward –
let us remember the NAM vets in a war no one wanted –
but they served –
They were not welcomed home –
politics has a way of doing that –
” ROLLING THUNDER ” was for them –
and my memories go back to that day in 1999 –
I am forever grateful for them –
for by the grace of God – it could of been me.
I hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane –
many times we have stood right here.
Thank you –