June 03, 2012
Rolling Thunder - Run to the Wall Videos
Stu has requested that I put up some of the better Rolling Thunder videos. I googled and found a bunch and didn't find any that were not accurate as most are personal videos made by participants. Here is a moving one of the Marine that solutes for the entire parade, which lasts for hours:
Here is a time lapse video of this year's 25th anniversary parade taken from behind the Marine.
The only thing these videos don't get is the mass amount of humanity that is there to witness the parade. They are packed along the whole parade route like sardinges - but everyone is happy to do it as they honor our fallen, missing and POWs.
One of the most enduring memories I have from when I attended the parade years ago, was an elderly vet (most likey from WWII), in a wheelchair making his way down the sidewalk. Everyone along his path made room (although one would swear there was no room to make) and cheered and clapped just for him. He was moved to tears as people made their way thru the crowd specifically to shake his hand.
Additionally, for several days leading up to the parade, bikers (as well as others) are everywhere, going thru the memorials (Viet Nam memorial wall - for which the Rolling Thunder Run to the Wall is named, Korean, WWII etc), many of which are haunting in their presentation. Then there is the Reflecting Pool, Washington monument, Lincoln memorial etc.
I''ll put up pictures from WS's trip later next week so you can see some of the outlying tributes to our internal battles.
Didn't see any non-Harleys... why?
Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Jun 3, 2012 1:20:15 PM
There are other brands of bikes, but Harley's just seem to be preferred. After all, this is Rolling Thunder, which needs loud bikes to make the "Thunder". Maybe they just prefer American made? I did see in some videos the occassional rice rocket, and a Honda Trike. I'm sure there are other cruiser types (that at a quick glance would look like a Harley) too.
The Rolling Thunder website says that any biker is welcome to join the run.
While researching that question, I found another website that has some good info on it.
Posted by: bogie at Jun 3, 2012 7:20:15 PM