"It's not just a barbecue; it's about our veterans. This is Memorial Day," said Nancy Regg, Rolling Thunder's national spokeswoman. "I've been doing this for 19 years, and I still cry at least once. Yes, we have a good time, but there are a lot of people reuniting and getting the welcome home they never got, especially those from Vietnam. This is a brotherhood and a sisterhood. We are family."
"There's a lot of real personal moments," Ms. Regg said. "You cry, you laugh, you cry some more, laugh some more. You see people you haven't seen in a year, meet new friends, meet old friends. It's just an amazing weekend."