Patriotic Americans took to their Harley-Davidsons yesterday in a boisterous show of support for fallen war veterans. Military uniform was swapped for leather vests as thousands of motorcycles descended on Washington DC on Sunday as part of the Memorial Day services held across the United States.

Riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the riders were part of the annual Rolling Thunder rally that drive in honour of the sacrifices veterans have made for their country. Now in its 25th year, thousands of people lined the streets of the capital to cheer the riders as they drove past.

The first Rolling Thunder rally was held in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans demanding the return of remains of POWs. There are an estimated 1,500 POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War whose remains were never recovered.