Vietnam Vets in Hog Heaven

Rolling Thunder roars into DC to honor vets
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 4:18 AM CDT
President Bush is presented with a Rolling Thunder jacket by Artie Muller, left, president of Rolling Thunder, and Gary Scheffmeyer, vice president of Rolling Thunder.    (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Thousands of Harleys roared past Washington's Vietnam Veterans Memorial yesterday in what has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition: the "iron salute" of members of national veterans organization Rolling Thunder.  It's a festival of engines, leather, denim and patriotism, reports the Washington Post.

"We're here to pay respect to the names on that wall," said one Vietnam vet. "I was there and it means a lot to me, seeing all these people here to honor that."