Rolling Thunder 2009

MAY 23, 2009

Rolling Thunder held its 22nd annual Memorial Day rally honoring U.S. veterans, prisoners of war and those missing in action. The “Saluting Our Troops” rally was held on a stage at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Veterans and activists honored the troops and talked about the problems of veterans and programs for them. The national anthem was sung by Sergeant First Class Antonio Giuliano and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by a member of a Gold Star Family. Chris Noel acted as mistress of ceremonies.

Rolling Thunder was founded by motorcycle enthusiasts who were veterans of the Vietnam War.

To view the original C-SPAN web page and recording, please click here. The C-SPAN page goes into detail on those who were speaking with links to other C-SPAN POW/MIA Rolling Thunder recordings and some transcripts of the words spoken during the session. The video is 49 minutes long.

Former Director of Research for the National Alliance of Families, Lynn O'Shea, begins to speak at 47 minutes into the video.