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Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:10:13 PM »

For many Memorial Day will be just another holiday from work, cooking outside with some friends, enjoying an adult beverage or two and bitching about the inconvenience of the day.  I have certainly been guilty of that position in my lifetime but this would be another year away from that former position.

I reminded myself of the purpose behind this day and what it means to me.  I like many of you, have had loved ones give their lives to service in one form or another.  I am eternally grateful for this sacrifice and blessed as a result of it.

Recently I conducted a conversation with a POW of the Vietnam War and this was not the first time we conversed about his experience.  However it was the first time I had heard very inmate details of what I would never forgot.

This got me to thinking of an event I had attended before many moons ago.  Rolling Thunder®.  After a brief thought I made the commitment to return to this event for Memorial Day.  I am confident this will be a befitting action on such a day.

Disclaimer:  This thread is not intended to be a political thread however patriotism will be displayed.  If that offends you get over it!
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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018, 08:10:48 PM »

Now I must tell you that with all this discussion regarding boarders I am uncertain what all the fuss is about.  Besides the dogs being better than bikes I am not certain I understand.


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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2018, 08:11:23 PM »

Having made the commitment I decided to make another commitment.  Along my journey I would reach out to one of the Maggie Valley Krewe spydglide.  It has been a while since I had laid eyeballs on him and missed our gatherings together.  He agreed to meet me and we reminisced about a number of events. Laughed so hard I got a headache.

During our time together I informed him of the primary purpose of my journey.  He reminded me that he too was a veteran and shared his experience.  I am so thankful for folks like him and he is now added to the list of folks I am riding for this year.

Thanks for the time spyder and I trust you will consider returning to the Valley this year!


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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2018, 08:11:56 PM »

I have traveled by the National Museum of the Marine Corps for many years but never had the time to stop.  Today would change that position!


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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018, 08:12:22 PM »

A very befitting way to start my experience and trip would be here.  Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel.






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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018, 08:13:23 PM »

As you enter into the Chapel you will find Core Values that any person should live by but for Marines this becomes their way of life!  A lesson to be learned here for sure!  American!  Are you listening?
























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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2018, 08:13:49 PM »

Outside the Chapel there are memorials of all types…










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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2018, 08:14:26 PM »

As you walk down to the Museum you will find the walk engraved with the listings of some of the many campaigns the Marines have encountered.


















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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2018, 08:14:52 PM »

Along the walkway you will find the names of men and women who have served.




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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2018, 08:15:18 PM »

Who will be the next men and women to fill these foot steps?




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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2018, 08:15:47 PM »

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure.




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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2018, 08:16:40 PM »

World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.








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Re: Rolling Thunder | Jock Goes to Washington
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2018, 08:17:08 PM »

Even a Tribute Bike in honor of the 3/25, 4th Marine Division










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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2018, 08:17:41 PM »

All Marines remember their drill instructor (DI).  In “Making Marines,” visitors step inside the process used by drill instructors to transform young men and women into Marines.






















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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2018, 08:18:10 PM »

Indeed!


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