07:11 GMT15 April 2021
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    The annual Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder motorcycle parade in Washington, DC, honors US military veterans while calling attention to US prisoners of war and those soldiers who are still missing in action.

    Begun in 1988, the annual tribute now sees almost a million people attending, participating or simply having a good time on the fringes.

    According to retired US Army veteran Phillip Seybert, everyone at Rolling Thunder has a unique story but shares a single purpose. "All the different bike groups, all the different vet groups, we're one when we're here together," he told Washington CBS-affiliate WUSA9.Memorial Day (Decoration Day) Weekend.

    "We are every creed, we are every color, we are every religion, we are every make and we are every model and this shows it," Kimberly Meier explained to local radio station WTOP. Meier made the trip to Washington from her home in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Rolling Thunder, through its representatives on Capitol Hill and in over 100 regional chapters throughout the US, actively promotes legislation to expand veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues from all wars.

    The organization also provides financial and logistical support, as well as food, clothing and other essentials to veterans, veterans' families, veterans groups and family crisis centers, according to their website.



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