I promise, it's the last rolling thunder

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by scorch, May 26, 2019.

  1. scorch

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    There are alot of these guys around. Best is just to ignore them.
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  2. John2453

    John2453 Back in the northeast.

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    I rode b/c it was the last one plus a friend who regularly attends invited me.

    I champion veterans issues both through monetary donations and sharing events on social media. I work closely and am family/friends w/ active and former military. Though it feels like I'm feeding a troll, I'm hoping my active participation encourages others to do the same. And as long as I'm on a non-moto tangent, remember those who are still serving by giving time/money to the USO. They do so much more than hold concerts for our troops!
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  3. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Presumably the computer or smart phone you typed that on was made in Pittsburg.
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  4. John2453

    John2453 Back in the northeast.

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    Rolling Thunder is more than a motorcade from the Pentagon to Veterans Memorial; it is a full weekend event. During that time, there's tributes to our fallen and festivities in between. IMO, it's a motorcycle rally for riders to get together for a common cause. It also gives the public an opportunity to say "thanks" to our vets - specifically Vietnam vets - and the Vietnam vets a venue to the experience first hand public gratitude they didn't get when they returned from deployment back in the 60s/70s. That's my take anyway.

    I, too, would like to see veterans causes better funded by our tax dollars. But, that's for another thread on another forum.
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  5. Riteris

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    You provide an optimistic view of the event. And spend more time than one day/ weekend dealing with the stated reason for the rally.

    I have a different opinion. I don’t think many attendees of the rally do anything the rally rest of the year.

    You description makes it more understandable that people riding in the parade are actually providing support.

    I wonder how the average veteran feels about this sort of support.
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  6. Traxx

    Traxx Been here awhile

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    Funny the 6 attendees of rolling thunder the I know also ride in Tour of Honor and frequent the local and any other VFW they can find. I have not been able to make Rolling Thunder, but I do ride for Tour of Honor and support Veteran owned buisness. Maybe its a local attitude near you, since you are in the nations capital.
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  7. scorch

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    This rally brings tons of people to DC it's great. Locals get upset, but it's a good economic thing for the city. Veterans want it, and should keep on doing it.
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    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    The brand logo of the hardware facing me is of a company based in Austin, TX. The sticker on the keyboard indicates the OS software came from a company based in Redmond, WA. The application I'm using is from an American company in Mountain View, CA. I think the processor inside was made at a wafer fab in Chandler, AZ by a company headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Was it assembled in the USA - sticker says "China". But I suspect that's more American content than that Yamaha motorcycle although it was designed in California.

    I don't have an issue with imported goods but I also don't complain about the loss of domestic jobs.
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  9. John2453

    John2453 Back in the northeast.

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    If the rider was wearing a hi-viz jacket and MX boots on a silver/black bike, that was probably me!
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  10. Riteris

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    Yes, but the veterans that started it do not care to do it any longer.
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  11. scorch

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    Yes thats the guys who organize it. But it would be nice to have some others step up and organize this thing. It's quite a production, and kind of thank less. It's a full time job organizing this thing, and im sure it wore out those guys.
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  12. Riteris

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    Step right up!
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