Rolling Thunder Honors Troops, Veterans, MIA

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Thousands of motorcyclists gather in the north parking lot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010, for the annual RollingThunder Memorial Day weekend ride. The event aims to raise awareness for the needs of veterans. 
 DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Thousands of motorcyclists gather in the north parking lot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010, for the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ride.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Coleton Oliphant, 13, from Salisbury, N.C., sells Rolling Thunder flags in the north parking lot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010, for the annual Memorial Day weekend ride. The motorcycles are decorated heavily with flags and military memorabilia. Many of the cyclists are military veterans. 
 DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • A couple of Rolling Thunder members check out a souped-up motorcycle donned with flags and military memorabilia in the north parking lot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010. Thousands of bikers from across the United States turned out for the annual event which stages in the north parking lot of the Pentagon and travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Gary Stansbury and Linda Hoehn from the New Jersey Chapter 2 of Rolling Thunder chat as they wait the start of the annual Memorial Day weekend ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. May 30, 2010.   DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gets ready for the start of the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ride May 30, 2010. Myers helped lead the ride which stages in the north parking lot of the Pentagon and travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. 
 DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, and other Rolling Thunder riders get the two-minute warning for the start of the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ride May 30, 2010.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Rolling Thunder members and other motorcyclists leave the north parking lot of the Pentagon on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Rolling Thunder members leave the north parking lot of the Pentagon on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
 DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Onlookers wave to Rolling Thunder members as they leave the north parking lot of the Pentagon traveling to the Vietnam Veterans Memorialin downtown Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • The route from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C., was lined with thousands of onlookers who cheered and waived as Rolling Thunder members thundered by May 30, 2010.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers salutes the Rolling Thunder members as they travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through downtown Washington, D.C., May 30, 2010. Thousands of bikers from across the United States turned out for the annual event that aims to raise awareness for the needs of veterans.   DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Two Rolling Thunder members bow their head at a ceremony held for veterans, prisoners of war, and those still missing in action at the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall in downtown, Washington, D.C., following the for the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ride May 30, 2010. 
 DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Members of the U.S. Army Band Downrange perform at the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C., following the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ride May 30, 2010.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III