Rolling Thunder honors veterans as it passes through metro

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (WOWT) - If you heard some thunder in downtown Council Bluffs Sunday morning, it wasn't from a storm. Dozens of U.S. military veterans on motorcycles were passing through from California en route to Washington, D.C.

It's all part of the annual Rolling Thunder ride to honor the heroes who've sacrificed for our country. "We need to keep those veterans in the forefront of our mind to make sure they get treated properly with VA care, with housing, with jobs, anything we can do to push veterans to the forefront, we want to do it," said Vietnam Vets Chapter 798 president Ben Wiese.

Council Bluffs was a quick pit stop for these vets before they continued on to Des Moines. Their final destination is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.

Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to join the ride by the time they arrive in the nation's capital on Memorial Day.