“Thank you for keeping this noble tradition alive and for preserving the memory of those missing but never forgotten. My administration will spare no effort or resource to support the men and the women who defend our nation,” Trump told the group of bikers.
More than a dozen members of veterans service organization AMVETS were honored at the event with President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, with Trump praising their service and touting his support among bikers.
In a video of the event, bikers with Rolling Thunder, an advocacy group that aims to raise awareness of prisoners of war, can be seen rumbling through the White House grounds, performing laps of the South Lawn to the tune of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.
The organization asked its participants to ride their motorcycles 22 miles in their own communities for the Memorial Day Weekend rally this Sunday at noon EST.
The Memorial Day Weekend rally has been planned since September, even though the 32-year old tradition ended for the original organizers, and is now hosted by AMVETS.
The massive “Rolling To Remember” rally, which attracts hundreds of thousands of riders to Washington each Memorial Day weekend, was canceled this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and will instead be virtual.
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