What does Memorial Day mean to you? A three day weekend? Hamburgers and hot dogs in the sunshine? The start of summer? While these are all great things, Memorial Day is about so much more.
We often forget to remember the true meaning of holiday. In the case of Memorial Day, we’re taking a Monday off of work to remember all of the men and women who have fought to keep us safe, who have fought to protect the rights and freedoms that America stands for. Without the men and women who have sacrificed their lives, their bodies, their minds, or the prime years of their lives to serve our country, who knows what would happen. No matter what branch of the military, each and every soldier deserves to be recognized.
In 1988, a group of biker veterans made their first demonstration as Rolling Thunder, a group that rides their choppers on a designated route through Washington, D.C. every Memorial Day. They take this ride to remember those who went missing in action, as well as prisoners of war.
Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers, also known as “The Saluting Marine,” has been standing on his feet in his uniform the full four or so hours of this demonstration for years. Can you imagine being in your feet, in full uniform, under the hot sun, for four hours? You can see in this clip from 2012 that he is weary and wobbly, but he certainly isn’t going to stand down.
Then, a female soldier stops her bike right in front of him. What she does next is truly touching.
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