The 30th annual Memorial Day motorcycle ride, Rolling Thunder, had a surprise guest courtesy of President Trump!
Each year, bikers with the non-profit organization meet at the Pentagon. From there, they ride out to the Vietnam War Memorial, and then end the day at the National Mall. The purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Many of the members are military veterans themselves, and they were so pleased to have Rex Tillerson, 64, join them for 2017's trek. He was a good choice, because even though he has not served in the military himself, he is very relatable. Tillerson, like so many Americans, worked his way up the career ladder after receiving a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas.
Tillerson fit easily into the group, shedding his Secretary of State duds, and opting instead for a laid-back black leather vest, jeans, and a baseball cap. Tillerson was accompanied by two members of the Diplomatic Security Service, but was down-to-earth and approachable in spite of that necessity. Tillerson greeted other riders with handshakes, and even posed for photos before the start of the event. Even his security detail hopped on bikes of their own. What a fun sight that must have been!
There were a few raindrops at this year's ride, but that did not stop an estimated 900,000 participants. Rolling Thunder has enlarged their focus and stepped up their game over the years, and in 2007, they were granted tax exempt status. The funds received go to help veterans and their families, and donors are rewarded for their generosity with tax deductions. Members of the club offer time, love, and financial assistance year-round.
Thousands of bikers and spectators gathered in the nation’s capital on Sunday to take part in the 30th annual “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall. The ride is held to raise awareness for prisoners of war and missing in action service members from our nation’s military conflicts.
The largely military veteran crowd of riders was joined by a high-ranking member of President Donald Trump’s administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Breitbart reported.
Wearing a black leather vest, jeans and ball cap, Tillerson fit right in with the crowd of bikers and seemed entirely at ease as he shook hands and posed for pictures while riders gathered for the start of the event.
President Trump chose a great way to show his support for military families. While not everyone is a fan of President Trump, I think most can agree that the work Rolling Thunder does is vital to this country. President Trump's forethought, and Tillerson's willingness to skip personal holiday plans to selflessly attend this event shows that our President is aware of the need for a cause like this, which in turn, shows support for our country.
Way to go, Rolling Thunder! Keep up the awesome work.