Memorial weekend means one thing; Rolling Thunder and the “Ride for Freedom.” The annual motorcycle rally in Washington, DC that began in 1988, has grown to over one million participants and spectators. Rolling Thunder was founded to pay tribute to our POW’s and those that are MIA.
Rolling Thunder has been instrumental in passing the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1993 and Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act which prohibits protests near funerals of those in the military. Unfortunately, there has been protests in the past by certain groups that resulted in this act being past, notably the Westboro Baptist Church.
These groups continue to argue they have a First Amendment right to do so and unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court has agreed with them.
Whether they do or not, I think it is safe to say it is disgusting and the irony is their freedom to do so exists because of those in the military.
Rolling Thunder also includes fund raising with the goal of helping military families in financial need. You don’t have to be in the military to be part of the ride/events or to join the Rolling Thunder organization. More information is available on their website.
Today, take a moment today to honor those who have served and continue to serve in our military.
God bless our military.