This weekend we salute Seal Team 6 and all the other warriors, including those who sit behind a desk to help our troops. Here’s to the war hero dogs, who make a huge difference. The men and women at home, including the National Guard in Joplin, Missouri, as well as soldiers stationed around the globe. A big thank you to the families, especially the spouses who sacrifice so much.

The pictures here show the scene in Washington, D.C. on Saturday when Rolling Thunder came into town. It was a Harley Davidson extravaganza. There was a long line waiting to walk through the Vietnam Memorial when I was there, which was well before noon.

You could hear the sounds of the Supremes as men and women milled through the area, talked and took in the morning. One thing that was different about Rolling Thunder being in town is that in Washington, D.C. pedestrians have the right of way, with signs posted stating this clearly. But when a group of riders came through the area around the Mall they didn’t stop for anyone. People adjusted for the day.

As for Sarah Palin and reports of her un-campaign trying to hijack Rolling Thunder, Ted Shpak their national legislative director has a message for the wannabe president:

“She wasn’t invited. We heard yesterday she came out with a press release she was coming to Rolling Thunder”… Shpak says Palin’s attendance “is a big distraction” and that his “phone has been ringing off the hook” ever since she announced her intention to attend the event.

“We’re not political. This is not a political event … Maybe she’s coming because she knows we have a half a million people in town and thinking she can start her [campaign]?” stated Shpak.

“We’re taking care of our issues and that’s why we’re here.”

Politicians like Sarah Palin have been using Memorial Day and exploiting associations with the military and veterans groups for decades.

Enjoy your holiday. I’m cooking ribs for my hubby, with barbeque sauce so spicy it will be sure to get his attention. Have fun, be safe.

Here’s to you uncle Dick and all the soldiers who serve.