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Latest news, photos and videos of the 25th Anniversary of Rolling Thunder, a gathering that brings veterans and bikers to Washington, D.C., every Memorial Day weekend to demonstrate for prisoner of war/missing in action awareness and veterans rights. The Washington Times — Official Newspaper of Rolling Thunder Inc.

A motorcycle waiting at the Pentagon for the ride into the District features a picture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and still being held by the Taliban. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Rolling Thunder still on its mission for POW/MIA remembrance

By David Hill - The Washington Times

As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gathered Sunday morning outside the Pentagon for the 25th annual Rolling Thunder ride into the District, Jim Bradley couldn't help but marvel at the scene. Published May 27, 2012

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A motorcycle waiting at the Pentagon for the ride into the District features a picture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and still being held by the Taliban. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Thunder had to roll fast with president

- The Washington Times

Rolling Thunder made it to the White House this year, but the experience for the motorcycle-riding patriots was more pro forma photo oppportunity than heartfelt meeting with President Obama, the group says.

Bob Bergdahl, father of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who is being held captive in Afghanistan, shakes the hand of Gerald McCullar of Washington, Ill., who is portraying a prisoner of war, after he speaks May 27, 2012, at the the annual Rolling Thunder rally for POW/MIA awareness in Washington. (Courtesy of Rolling Thunder, Inc.)

Father of POW speaks at annual Rolling Thunder rally

- Associated Press

The father of a U.S. soldier who was taken prisoner in Afghanistan thanked the motorcycle riders of Rolling Thunder on Sunday for raising awareness of missing-in-action troops and prisoners of war.

Thunder makes itself heard for changes in law

- The Washington Times

Rolling Thunder's imprint on Washington goes far beyond the roar of hundreds of thousands of bikes on city streets each Memorial Day weekend. The organization has aggressively pushed a broad legislative agenda, with several of its priorities now the law of the land.

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SINATRA: Why Rolling Thunder?

For many years following my USO tour, I was looking for some way to continue to help our troops and veterans, and I needed to share with someone the profound feelings I came away with after seeing war firsthand.

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Obama, Rolling Thunder meet privately

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, President Obama met privately with representatives of the group famous for their support of active duty military, veterans and prisoners of war — not to mention their distinctive blend of patriotism that includes Old Glory and motorcycles.

Rolling Thunder asks Bush to aid MIAs

Thousands of motorcyclists with the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, including war veterans, rumbled into the District yesterday to deliver a request for President Bush to help missing service members and those struggling after returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Motorcyclists honor military before Rolling Thunder ride

More than 100 grizzled motorcyclists paid tribute yesterday to the members of the military who never returned home, laying a wreath at the bronze Lone Sailor of the U.S. Navy Memorial in Northwest.

Vets roll in support of fallen, MIAs

An estimated 300,000 motorcyclists, led by members of Rolling Thunder, the motorcycle-riding veterans advocacy group, converged on the District yesterday to pay tribute to fallen comrades and call on the nation's leaders to find those soldiers still missing or unaccounted for.

Thunder still rolling

Thousands of bikers rolled into the District yesterday for the 17th annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day motorcycle ride and rally to show support for the nation's war veterans, the troops currently overseas and American prisoners of war still missing in action from past conflicts.

Bush to meet with Rolling Thunder leaders

President Bush will be the first to meet privately with leaders of Rolling Thunder Inc. when the group's 200,000 motorcycle riders rumble into downtown tomorrow for their 17th annual Memorial Day weekend rally.

'Rolling Thunder' helps veterans heal

For Verlin Mattox, merging with the sea of bikers who rolled into the capital yesterday as part of the annual "Rolling Thunder" rally was part of the healing process for a war he fought 30 years ago.

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25th annual Rolling Thunder ride

25th annual Rolling Thunder ride

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An estimated 400,000 people rode in the Rolling Thunder rally, traveling en masse through the District and to the Mall continuing their mission for POW/MIA remembrance.

The Washington Times covers Rolling Thunder (Slideshow)

The Washington Times covers Rolling Thunder (Slideshow)

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A collection of images from over the years by Washington Times photographers highlighting the annual Rolling Thunder event that brings veterans and bikers to Washington DC every Memorial Day weekend to demonstrate for prisoner of war/missing in action awareness and veterans rights.