American Legion National Headquarters Executive Director Marty Justis will travel with his fellow Indiana Legion Riders, as well as a large contingent of Illinois Legion Riders, to the nation's capital as part of Rolling Thunder May 27-29. The massive annual event draws upwards of 400,000 riders, most of whom are U.S. military veterans, from around the country every Memorial Day weekend. Dozens of American Legion Riders chapters participate. The American Legion's Department of Virginia, along with National Headquarters staff in Washington, will have a tent on the National Mall to greet motorcyclists and to pass out water.
Rolling Thunder participants enjoy a full schedule of activities in and around the Beltway, including numerous tribute ceremonies, a barbecue, guest speakers and an enormous Sunday parade of bikes that begins at the Pentagon parking lot at noon and continues into Washington, D.C. Following the parade and guest speakers, a musical tribute to veterans will feature such performers as Nancy Sinatra, Kelly Trudell, Gordon Painter, the 4 Troops and Loch Rannoch Pipe and Drum Band.