What used to be just a ride on Memorial Day has grown into a weekend long event for West Coast Thunder.
Friday Night at Riverside Harley Davidson was Military Appreciation Bike Night.
Saturday featured a Poker Run.
Sunday had a Bikini Bike Wash with all donations going to West Coast Thunder.
Monday, West Coast XV took place. Riverside HD Staff and the people running West Coast Thunder at Dealership very early. Around 6:00 a.m a few riders were already lining up fender to fender. By 8:00 a.m the line of motorcycles was a few blocks long.
After the Speeches were made, The West Coast Color Guard did their Flag Sacrifice Ceremony with precision and they folded the flag and put the display onto the motorcycles for the ride to Soboba Casino.
9:11 a.m. the Thunder got underway as the parade of cars and motorcycles got underway heading up Indiana Avenue, Arlington Avenue, Alessandro Boulevard, Trautwein Road and Van Buren Boulevard from there you could go to either Riverside National Cemetery or straight on to Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.
The Ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery is very moving as family members and Veterans alike took time to honor those served. The event included speakers, Benediction, taps, the playing of the theme song for each branch of the military and retiring of the colors.
At Soboba Casino the entertainment was provided by The Cadillac Three. The featured artist Rodney Atkins and his band who did more than just sing songs, despite some audio trouble at times the band just kept going through it all.
The Color Guard also performed the Flag Sacrifice Ceremony at Soboba and it was still a moving experience.
The vendors outside included Law Tigers, Route 66 Cigars, Jack Daniels, Road House Biker Church, Dave’s Wish Ride Battery Systems, Bob’s Biker Bits and food vendors with very busy lines.
The weather was warm but everyone seemed to have a good time, I did hear some people grumbling while waiting to get going on the parade portion of the ride but with around six thousand or so riders waiting a bit is inevitable but it does give one a chance to see, feel and hear the thunder of the bikes going past.
The money raised from West Coast Thunder goes to help Veterans and Riverside National Cemetery.
West Coast Thunder takes place on Memorial Day for information www.westcoastthunder.com