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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Rolling Thunder Inc.
For Tom Bender, fighting for his fellow veterans means more than showing up once a year in Washington for an awe-inspiring motorcycle rally.
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.
An estimated 500,000 motorcyclists rolled into Washington this year for the 22nd annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.
The polished chrome of thousands of motorcycles gleamed under cloudless blue sky yesterday as the annual Rolling Thunder procession officially rumbled into Washington to honor U.S. troops fighting around the world and to remember the forgotten. Photos: Rolling Thunder bikers up close
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.
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.
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.