Memorial Day, as a formal holiday, is an American holiday celebrated on May 26. It is celebrated to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, as the holiday was centered on decorating the graves of those who had fallen in the Civil War.
Thousands of motorcycles, donned with American flags, and riders clad with leather vests, bandanas and military badges blazed across Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.’s 31st annual “Rolling Thunder” parade.
Onlookers, young and old, cheered and waved. Many sported red, white and blue and saluted the bikers as they rode by.
Hundreds of Vietnam War vets rode among the entourage of colorful motorcycles. Their fellow vets watching from the sidewalk rose their fists in tribute as riders passed.
Rolling Thunder! pic.twitter.com/OiK23hsaBQ
— Grace Carr (@gbcarr24) May 27, 2018