Upwards of 7,500 motorcycles were out in full force this Memorial Day as the West Coast Thunder Ride rumbled through Riverside in honor of every American who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This was the 16th year that riders from Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire took part in this patriotic event sponsored by Riverside Harley-Davidson and it sure did not dissapoint.
Benefiting the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee
All participating riders gathered at our Harley-Davidson dealership on the morning of May 25, and after the Ultimate Sacrifice ceremony, the parade began at 9:11 a.m., in honor of the victims of 9/11. The route lead from Indiana Avenue, up Alessandro and Van Buren Boulevard, and past the Riverside National Cemetery.
Along the way the streets were lined with flag waving supporters of all ages. The West Coast Thunder Ride, along with the ceremonies at the Riverside National Cemetery, combine to create the largest Memorial Day commemoration in the region, and the families that lined the parade route were thrilled with the roaring caravan of motorcycles.
Many of the riders stopped at the Riverside National Cemetery to pay their respects and take part in the scheduled ceremonies there, while others continued on to the Soboba Casino outside San Jacinto to enjoy a very special Memorial Day concert by country artists Big & Rich.
By all accounts, the West Coast Thunder Ride was a memorable and moving way to celebrate Memorial Day and pay tribute to the sacrifices of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Best of all, the proceeds from the West Coast Thunder Ride go to benefit the Riverside National Cemetery, which is the third largest national cemetery in the United States.
Learn More at Riverside Harley-Davidson
Here at Riverside Harley-Davidson we are proud to help support this special tribute, and frankly we can’t believe it’s already been 16 years since the first West Coast Thunder Ride. If you’d like to learn more about our Memorial Day tribute ride, or if you’d like to participate in next year’s ride, stop by our Inland Empire area Harley-Davidson showroom. We are located at 7688 Indiana Ave., just south of the Riverside Freeway, in Riverside. We are the area’s premier dealer of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and whether you are an experienced rider or just a beginner, we’ve got the right bike for you today at Riverside Harley-Davidson!