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Topic - Nancy Regg
Assorted mottos were spotted on vest and jacket patches at the annual Rolling Thunder membership dinner Saturday, including, "If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a vet."
There is no better name for an event that resonates with patriotism, deep loyalty, sacrifice, a sense of mission and authentic history: Rolling Thunder. Oh, yeah. Here they come. They're rolling, and it is thunderous.
Before they arrive in Washington, D.C., the bikers of Rolling Thunder drive through hundreds of small towns, where they can count on receiving a hand from friends like Gary Komassa.
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.
"It's hard to predict how many will show up," said organizer and spokeswoman Nancy Regg. "We lose members each year, particularly our Vietnam vets. It can be hard on some of them. But we always draw at least 500,000 riders. Always. And all are welcome."
There are nine stops on both routes, and hundreds of volunteers to assist the riders as they make their way cross-country, said Rolling Thunder national spokeswoman Nancy Regg.