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Rolling Thunder Washington, DC First Amendment Demonstration Run might be the most massive motorcycle run that you've ever seen. Thousands of motorcycles pass by giving tribute to American veterans of all wars. The history of this rally dates back to the times of the Vietnam War. It was first organized in 1988 to support the servicemen that were left behind as prisoners of war. Since then, the rally has become one of the biggest displays of American patriotism held annually during Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning in 2020, the Rolling Thunder Inc. Ride For Freedom  POW/MIA demonstration ride will take place simultaneously across the country, in the States where Rolling Thunder chapters are active. Go to side bar #21 (to the right) for State chapter register. 

The Purpose: To inform the American people and to remind the government of America's demand for the fullest possible accountability of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs) from all past wars.This event & tribute to American war heroes started out in 1988 with 2,500 participants and has grown over the more than 30 years to over 800,000 participants and spectators. Note it will be held across the United States. In doing so its multi location convenience, will open the opportunity for a larger participation at local levels.


The Rolling Thunder Demonstration RIde in D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend will continue in 2020. It will be hosted by Rolling Thunder Washing D.C. Inc. and with the AMVETS taking over the Ride and Staging responsibilty. The Memorial Day tradition continues in D.C. 

Although Rolling Thunder Inc. is no longer handling the logistics, stagging or ride in D.C., RT Members are always welcome to attend the anual Demonstration Ride in D.C.

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Rolling Thunder's Final Ride For Freedom

All Supporters Welcome!
 You Don't Have To Be A Vet Or A Member
Of Rolling Thunder® Inc. To Be Part Of This Historic Ride For Freedom.

GENERAL INFORMATION: In past, riders from around the country, rally in our Nations Capitol to begin the ride through the streets of Washington, D.C. Later becoming an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at our national war memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events. Viet Nam Veterans united and decided to bring forwarded to our government and the American people, the concern for American POW- MIA left behind. A  “Demonstration” to our Nations home, demanding full accountability and to bring them home.  Over tewnty-five hundred participants attended the first demonstration ride in Washington DC. Each year since it has gained more and more attention.


In 2019, we celebrated its 32nd year, the biggest ever. Over 800,000  participants and supporters were estimated by the DC police and the National Park Service. Rolling Thunder®’s Ride For Freedom, is one of the largest one-day motorcycle events in the world. In our hearts, the most important. It is a reminder of the american services members from all wars, who have fought for our freedom that did not make it home. A reminder of our promise “they we will not be forgotten" and that we will continue to demand from our government, full accountability. We owe it to them and we owe it to their families.

PARTICIPATION: You “DO NOT” have to own or ride a motorcycle, or be a veteran to be part of this event. Everyone is welcome to show your support  by lining the streets during the Demonstration Ride. You are also welcome to participate in all the scheduled activities and events during the weekend. If you do ride, you can join the motorcycle demonstration, “Ride For Freedom".  Be part of this historical event while paying tribute to those still unaccounted for and veterans of all wars.

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