'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Beyond the sheer size and cachet that the Rolling Thunder rally now carries, there remains at the heart of the gathering a tight-knit community of veterans, family and friends of former POWs and those still missing.
Mr. Parker, whose Army unit still has several members listed as missing, said he threw himself into Rolling Thunder after his wife passed away several years ago.
"The camaraderie between all of the members is fantastic," he said. "You know just about every person by name. That's how familiar you become with all of them."