View photos of Sunday’s Buffalo Thunder event on flickr.
Thousands of members of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers from chapters across the country from gathered Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street. They were there for “Buffalo Thunder,” which honors African Americans who served in the U.S. military.
Some were also in town to participate in Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle event held each Memorial Day weekend; Rolling Thunder is dedicated to prisoners of war and those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.
Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? As they explain on their Facebook Page, “The name, patch, purpose, and charter specifically pay homage to the original 9th and 10th cavalry black Army units authorized by congress in 1866 and who were subsequently named Buffalo Soldiers by native-American Indians. We are bonded by a camaraderie of military service or uniformed civilian service and an affection for large motorcycles that we enjoy riding.”
The African American Civil War Memorial is at 1200 U Street NW; the Museum is now at a new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.
Because there is more to Memorial Day than the pool opening…
That’s right, it’s time to remember why you have Monday off from work. Luckily, the nation’s capital is surrounded with reminders of the national holiday of remembrance, and Borderstan is bringing you the events in the neighborhood!
Saturday: United House of Prayer Annual Parade
The annual UHOP parade, from the United House of Prayer for All People, will take place this Saturday, starting at 10 am. The parade will kick off around 6th and M Street NW and will make its way through Shaw and Logan Circle. In the past it’s taken about 75 minutes for the bands and congregants to march their way through the neighborhood. Come out and cheer on fellow neighbors with your Memorial Day pride! See Photos: Saturday’s United House of Prayer Annual Parade from the 2011 parade. The parade is usually at Logan Circle by 11:30 am or so.
Sunday: Weather Forecast Says Sunny Skies, But There Will Be Rolling Thunder
Okay, so it’s not technically in Borderstan – but chances are, you will see its participants and enthusiasts buzzing throughout the neighborhood. This year’s annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride will take place on Sunday at 7 am. Cyclists will start their bikes at Arlington Cemetery and will continue down Constitution Avenue. For those looking to start the ride off early, Gary Sinise (yes, as in “CSI New York”) and the Lt. Dan Band is scheduled to play on Saturday at noon on the Rolling Thunder Stage at Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue NW. See Sunday Photos: Rolling Thunder 2010 Parade.
Monday: Memorial Day in Logan Circle
Join neighbors for a yearly ceremony in Logan Circle Park from 11am to noon to commemorate service men and veterans. After all, General John A. Logan, for whom Logan Circle is named, founded Memorial Day. And as the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General Logan instituted the practice of laying flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans.
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No, Rolling Thunder does not occur in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, but we have seen and heard a fair number of visitors on hogs the past several days. The group comes to DC each Memorial Day weekend and holds its annual parade on Sunday. It is “dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war ‘POW’/missing in action ‘MIA’ ” and contains many veterans of the Vietnam War.
Our photos are from today’s Rolling Thunder parade down Constitution Avenue NW and riders with their bikes on The National Mall.
The weather is really disgusting this morning. Bluh. Thus, I post a photo of a cute dog taken this past weekend: Lupe of Borderstan (yes, she’s our dog) at the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride on Saturday on Constitution Avenue / The National Mall. Luis has a slide show of his photos from Rolling Thunder over at One Photograph A Day.