I am the son of a Vietnam Veteran, my dad, Michael King Sr., was an immigrant to this country and enlisted in the Army in 1969. Dad earned a Bronze Star during his 2 tours, he also taught me the meaning of courage, character, and committment. I respected his service and I will always be thankful to Vets and most of all to the "Fallen Soilders" that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Civil Liberties. My dad not only taught me how to play Steelpan, but also to respect the men & women of our Armed Forces.
The information in this blog post is courtesy of
"Rolling Thunder" Washington, DC Inc.:
Rolling Thunder’s mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Rolling Thunder has also evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.
FIRST AMENDMENT DEMONSTRATION RUN
The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events.
Our mission also includes legislative efforts. Rolling Thunder strives to affect national policy in a way that will assist POW/MIA’s. We wrote, got introduced and passed, the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1993.
General Information and FAQ
• Always the Sunday before the Monday of the Memorial Day Observance.
• 2019 Date: May 26th . Bikes start departing Pentagon Parking Lot at noon.
• Rally point: North and South Pentagon parking lots open to rally at 7 am.
• Run Route: Riders leave the Pentagon parking lot via Washington Blvd and come across the Memorial Bridge onto Constitution Avenue heading east to Pennsylvania Avenue. Riders then turn right onto 3rd St and head west on Independence Avenue where they are directed to park in West Potomac Park. Riders generally congregate in the Mall area after the run. (see map of route)
• Rally Area: The parking lots will have some food and toilet facilities but it is recommended to pack anything you may need during a several hour wait for departure. There are also facilities in the Mall area after the run or go to Thunder Alley on 22nd and Constitution Ave. This is the official vending site for Rolling Thunder. (click on Thunder Alley Tab)
• For Spectators: Pick a spot along the run route and make yourself comfortable. Roads around the Mall area begin to close at 9am so depending upon where you choose to set-up, you should be prepared to be there in the early morning.
Click link to Official 2019 Rolling Thunder website.