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Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom 2017 pays tribute to those who served

The sound of Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of thousands of bikers from across the country revved their engines, Sunday, for the annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.

And cheering them on, hundreds of spectators… some of whom had served… many others paying tribute to veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

JASON WHITE FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO, said “The greatest thing a person can do for a veteran is say thank you. And this is one giant thank you.” Jason White fought in the Gulf War. He said he came to the Pentagon — the meeting spot before the ride — as a show of force and to be a part of the brotherhood.

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“The more important reason though, it’s for the missing. Those that are still unaccounted for,” said PHILIP ARTHUR.

Organizers and participants say they want answers as to what happened to live POW’s and those Missing in Action.

Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom‘s mission is just that. To never forget.

WADE MORTON, stated, “When you forget, then people are gone. And once we’re gone, all we got is memories.”

For spectators like Ernesto Martinez, it was important to brave the rain to keep those memories alive. And to be a part of this giant “thank you” as the motorcycles whizzed by.