Memorial Day Rolling Thunder

(WJLA/Westwood One) The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much and that includes the traditional Rolling Thunder ride on Memorial Day weekend in the D.C. area. ABC7 News spoke with Joe Chenelly, the AMVETS (American Veterans) National Executive Director, to discuss the pandemic’s impact on the Rolling Thunder ride. Questions Joe we understand “Rolling to Remember” similar to past Rolling Thunder demonstrations will be a bit different because of the coronavirus. How will it change this year? “Sure, so we’ve had to reroute this as a pro-veterans demonstration as you said Michelle that comes through D.C. every year. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of motorcycles. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic we are just not legally able to come together physically in Washington, D.C. so this year we’ve asked those who ride, ride 22 miles on Sunday wherever they are safe, and to participate in our virtual offerings as far as the demonstration goes.” “We have an online petition at rollingmember.com and on social media we will have a two-hour program Saturday afternoon. We’re still going to have a small number of people in D.C. practicing social distancing, we know some riders and we encourage them all to stay very safe and follow the guidelines.”