Memorial Day: The West Coast Thunder Kicks Off the Ceremonies at the Riverside National Cemetery

The Flag for Every Hero Organization is also Seeking Volunteers Saturday to place Flags on Every Grave site in the Cemetery

The Thunder of thousands of motorcycles will fill the air at Riverside National Cemetery next Monday morning. Led by an honor guard, the procession will begin at 9:11 am from the Riverside Harley-Davidson at Indiana Avenue in Riverside. The approximately 7,000 bikers will make the 10 mile trip up the streets to Arlington.

This will be the 19th annual West Coast Thunder Memorial Day ride, and its been getting bigger every year. The riders honored the fallen who gave their lives in the name of freedom. The organization has raised more than $600,000 for the Riverside National Cemetery over the years.

The Flag for Every Hero Organization is also seeking Volunteers Saturday to place Flags on every grave site at Riverside National Cemetery. Volunteers are also needed Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day to help collect the flags from the grave sites.

The flags will be put back on the graves again on Veterans Day.

On this Memorial Day we hope everyone is spending time reflecting on the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for this great country.

Our military members and their families sacrifice a great deal to afford us the freedoms we sometimes take for granted and we should be reminded every day to thank them for their service.

The Riverside Police Department would like to remind everyone that temporary street closures will be in effect along the way to accommodate the motorcyclists. Streets that will be affected are Indiana Avenue, Arlington Avenue, Alessandro Boulevard, Trautwein Road, and Van Burn Boulevard.

The ride will continue on to the Perris Fairgrounds via Interstate 215. A concert featuring patriotic music is planned with Michael Austin, Retroblast and country music artist Granger Smith.