Rolling Thunder, an annual event bringing motorcyclists to Washington D.C. to honor our veterans, began their "Ride for Freedom" at the Pentagon in Virginia, bound for the National Mall.
Organizers estimated that more than a million bikers and spectators attended, making it the largest one-day motorcycle gathering in the world, Rolling Thunder spokeswoman Nancy Regg said.
There were no reported criminal incidents at the event, Regg said.
"They're not here to party and get drunk," she said of Rolling Thunder, named after a 1965 bombing campaign against North Vietnam. "No fights. No attitudes."
The media has difficulty differentiating between a motorcycle gang and a motorcycle club or a gangland shootout at a restaurant and an event to honor our veterans.
Reuters begins its write up of the story with, "One week after a gathering of biker gangs in Texas that resulted in nine deaths and 170 arrests, thousands of motorcycle riders roared into the nation's capital Sunday to honor military veterans, prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action." In case that wasn't enough, Reuters ends its story with, "Last Sunday, 170 people were arrested in connection with the shootout among rival bikers that left nine dead and 18 wounded and turned a Waco, Texas restaurant into a blood-soaked crime scene."
Stay classy, media.
The event hosted speakers and entertainers "including former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, singer Nancy Sinatra and actor Robert Patrick."
"I thank you for your service and I thank you for my freedom," Patrick told the crowd. "Each and everyone of you are the real deal."
Other rallies with bikers were held around the country in New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, and South Carolina, "with heightened security."