Now imagine 2018, with 600,000 bikes, mainly Harleys, and their riders revving their engines. It’s an amazing noise and an even better sight to see!
Although Gold Star Mothers sit on the backs of these bikes, the adrenalin creeps in and the smiles on our faces get bigger and bigger as we round each corner and watch the crowds of people waving flags and hands, trying to get a look at such a magnificent sight.
We are remembering our children. The children that have fought and died for this wonderful and great country of ours. Today is the day we remember them all, from every conflict, since our great nation was founded.
These wonderful men and women of Rolling Thunder, Inc. wait patiently for hours for Gold Star Mothers to show up and proudly walk over to each one, extending an arm and placing them on their personal, customized bike. These patriots are so proud to be here … so that they can honor and remember friends, family, and brothers and sisters in arms.
There is nothing more powerful than to be in Washington, D.C., during the weekend of Memorial Day. We remember all of our fallen as we wave back to the crowds with our American Flags. This event and homecoming procession will continue in Washington, D.C., annually and Gold Star Mothers are honored to be a part of such a great tradition!
• Sue Pollard is the National President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. She serves in honor of Army Spc. Justin W. Pollard, who was killed in action in Iraq on Dec. 30, 2003.