Rolling Thunder brings out emotional tributes to fallen

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They roared in by the thousands. Motorcyclists from across the country. All here in the nation’s capital, where they were greeted by supporters… both young and old. Sunday marks the 28th Rolling

Rolling Thunder brings out emotional tributes to fallen

They roared in by the thousands.

Motorcyclists from across the country.

All here in the nation’s capital, where they were greeted by supporters… both young and old.

Sunday marks the 28th Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run, an annual event aimed at highlighting U.S. service members believed to be prisoners of war or missing in action.

A day before Memorial Day, it’s also a chance to honor all veterans.

Deborah Higgins Tucker rides for her son James, who was killed in Iraq.

Her modified Harley Davidson Springer is her tribute to him.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEBORAH HIGGINS TUCKER, SON OF FALLEN MARINE, SAYING:

“It’s an awesome feeling to be here amongst so many veterans and to hear their stories and share my son’s story. It keeps him alive and keeps him still protecting his country, as far as I’m concerned.”

The annual ride starts near the Pentagon before riders cross the Memorial Bridge and circle the National Mall.

Many head to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the tributes continue.

Each name… a life lost.

Harry James Heater knows the wall all too well. The combat medic served in three different wars.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HARRY JAMES HEATER, U.S. VETERAN, SAYING:

“I lost a lot of them. I had another one when the chopper turned over and chopped them all up in pieces. I had to bring them back and make a body out of them. It was rough.”

Memorial Day. It’s a time to remember those who served and honor the fallen — and for Rolling Thunder it’s a reminder that no one should forget those who never came home.

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