Thousands of bikers and spectators gathered in the nation’s capital on Sunday to take part in the 30th annual “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall. The ride is held to raise awareness for prisoners of war and missing in action service members from our nation’s military conflicts.
The largely military veteran crowd of riders was joined by a high-ranking member of President Donald Trump’s administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Breitbart reported.
Wearing a black leather vest, jeans and ball cap, Tillerson fit right in with the crowd of bikers and seemed entirely at ease as he shook hands and posed for pictures while riders gathered for the start of the event.
Tillerson was protected by Diplomatic Security Service members while at the event. Two security personnel who were assigned as his protective detail also joined in on the ride with motorcycles of their own.
According to The U.K. Guardian, an estimated 900,000 riders and spectators took part in this year’s ride, despite the rainy weather.
Though forgotten military POWs and MIAs remain the group’s primary focus, they have also increasingly devoted attention to a number of other concerns for veterans.
Watch Tillerson preparing for the ride below:
A member of the Trump administration taking part in the 2017 Rolling Thunder ride through D.C. makes an awesome statement, as it signals support from the president and those around him for the organization’s work in raising awareness for the various concerns facing military veterans.
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