Russ Brown Motorcycle Lawyers: Rolling Thunder 2013
In May, thousands of people will line the streets of Washington D.C. to watch a seemingly endless line of motorcycles pass by during the annual Rolling Thunder® Ride for Freedom. During this annual demonstration one man will stand out; a lone Marine. As the throngs of people cheer and wave to the motorcyclists, mostly U.S. veterans, this Marine will stand silently, saluting the bikers until the last one has passed.
In 2002 Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers, while stationed in Washington D.C., attended his first Rolling Thunder® Ride For Freedom. He wore his dress uniform and spent the day thanking veterans. But he still felt like he wasn’t doing all he could. “I just jumped out there as the parade was happening and popped up a salute.”
The next year he held the salute through the entire ride.
He received validation of his act in 2004 while stationed in California. Marine Commandant General Michael Hagee wrote to him about all the letters he had received praising Chambers’ “as a superb representative of our Marine Corps.” After that, Chambers made arrangements to take leave and attend Rolling Thunder® every year.
In 2008 President George W. Bush saw Chambers and was so impressed that he invited him to a Memorial Day breakfast at the White House the next morning. Recalling the Marine Commandant General James Conway’s reaction to seeing Chambers: “He came up to me and said, ‘what are you doing here Marine? Who invited you?’ I said, ‘The president did, sir!’ That was fun.”
In 2005 Chambers contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus after having surgery. The bacteria attack Chamber’s back muscles causing flare-ups that require intense therapy and can render him practically immobile for months at a time. He realized that he could no longer serve as a Marine and in 2009 decided to leave the Corps.
In spite of this, Chambers spends hundreds of hours every year volunteering and working as a veteran’s rights advocate. He knows the value of being appreciated. Of the Rolling Thunder ® riders he said, “I especially love it when they rev up their engines and look me right in the eye and say, ‘Looking good, Tim!’ It means so much to be remembered and respected. There’s nothing better than that.”
Rolling Thunder® Ride For Freedom takes place May 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. If you have never attended you are missing a truly incredible event. For event details go to http://www.rollingthunder1.com/