I heard the thunder gods, saw the lightning of yesterday,
and perhaps what I was hearing from afar
was those riders heading for
as they have every year for 25 years
on the week-end ride
I am grateful to and for
There mission is clear;
it has not changed:
Why do they do what they do?
“To make certain that we, as a nation, never forget our prisoners of war nor forget or missing in action.
We ride for those who can’t.”
To honor the fallen, to let those engines be heard as they ride into town from all across our United States of America
“We Have Not Forgotten”
and to also lay the wreaths at the
The Congressional Cemetary in Southeast Washington as well;
and later take to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
the Vietnam Wall
and let their protection, their love, their voices be heard
while being sure
that our MIA/POWS
are being kept front and center.
BRING ALL HOME
and account for our men/women
They bring their families, their children, their grandchildren;
they gather and provide information;
offer support and love that is beyond what one can imagine unless you have or are there.
I’ve been there, a part of something rolling, something that is fluid by nature and energy that is so powerful it can and does change you forever by its intensity.
Men and women that have walked the walk through the halls of hell and held their brothers and sisters as they were dying, suffering still the horrors of war and loss that leaves a body and soul changed in ways that only the spirit can speak to through advocacy and hope in ways that an Eagle soars in healing and sun scorched minds find ways to speak truth remembering honoring and struggles often are the mirror to the soul work…
There are still more than 100,000 Americans unaccounted for from all wars.
Rolling Thunder also placed wreaths at the graves of more than
I love and have always respected
Hundreds of thousands will roll in for this weekend of remembering; of honoring
we can count on and rely upon them to be there always.
And they do have a presence along the highways and the streets
across the country in the days before, the week-end of the city in our Nations Capital.
People have been known to pull off the interstates as they roll by;
to get out of the cars and wave, to blow horns in letting them know of their love and support across the states.
Those who do not know of them
will gaze and wonder!
At what began in 1987 by four Vietnam Vets as a demonstration to raise awareness at what had happened to those who were missing in action (MIAS) and prisoners of war (POWS);
and now has grown to such magnitude that it is a National Organization.
Now a monumental tribute to the fallen;
riders come from all over these United States of America arriving in the Nations Capital to pay respect, to honor, to let the world know we still have and need to bring ALL HOME that are MIA/POWS
and they do ROLL in like THUNDER!
Some Gave ALL
ALL GAVE SOME
When you see those bikers out there,
give them a thumbs up,
give them some space,
show them some love
Rolling Thunder came through yet again
for a young guy named Walter, he was the young one in Healing Heartaches who wanted to ride on a Harley before his death;
all of a sudden, he heard the sounds of thunder rolling along the street of his home,
and wouldn’t ya just know?
A dream came true for a young man when burly bikers rolled into a neighborhood
and it was
As he was lifted to the bike,
next we knew, he was holding on to the handles and VROOM, off they all went
with what looked like a gang of bikers
and a young kid who was sure to have bugs in his teeth from the size of his grin!
A dream realized thanks to bikers and a bit of magic.
Memorial Day weekend,
more than the bbq.
Healing Heartaches as we remember the fallen.
Thank YOU seems not quite enough, it rings not loud enough in my heart, in my mind…
There has to be more, has to be stronger words to match the feeling;
it is with such a heart, mind, spirit, soul
of deep gratitude that works better for me as tears streak my face as I remember the fallen, as I pay tribute to those who serve, have served have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
As I now think of those who are still missing in action, those POWS
those who Ride this weekend
those who stand and live around that wall, that I’ve shared coffee with in the middle of the night so long ago.
IT IS WITH DEEP GRATITUDE
TO THOSE OF ROLLING THUNDER
TO THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN
THOSE WHO FIND THE GRACE TO CONTINUE TO STAND
TO BELIEVE IN OUR COUNTRY
AND THOSE WHO FIND THEIR WAY
I AM GRATEFUL for EACH OF YOU AND I AM HONORING YOU THIS WEEKEND AND EVERY DAY THAT I AM ALLOWED TO BREATHE.
Walk in Beauty,
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- Run for the Wall: Motorcycle pack comes to town (ktbs.com)
- Memorial Day (pastortimfowler.wordpress.com)
- Rolling Thunder Roars Through Nations’ Capital (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Memorial Day, the Uber Way (uber.com)
- All-American Traditions Connect Memorial Day and Non-Profit Fund-Raising (wepay.com)
- Memorial Day closures: Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Northern Virginia (wjla.com)
- Best D.C. Motorcycle Routes For Memorial Day Weekend’s Rolling Thunder (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hundreds roll out for “Run to the Wall” motorcycle ride (fox6now.com)
- Washington, DC | Lincoln Memorial (megsayshello.com)
- Photo Of The Day: Lincoln Memorial (gadling.com)