Marine Honors Military at Rolling Thunder

Three hour salute with a broken wrist. Much respect!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The roar of motorcycle engines is filling the air in the nation’s capital. Organizers say hundreds of thousands of bikers and spectators gather every Memorial Day weekend for the Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom.” The event got its start in 1988 and it honors military veterans and members of the military missing in action.

His name is Tim Chambers, a veteran who served for 15 years in the US Marines.
Chamber enlisted as a volunteer in the Marines in 1994, when he finished high school. His enthusiasm, energy and patriotism led Chambers to perform interesting missions in the Marines, including being Chief of the General Commander of the Marines Protocol at the US base in Japan and General Chairman of the Board of Marine Wizard in Washington.

Staff Sargent Tim Chambers, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired.
Serving in Washington from 2000 to 2003 he participated in the inauguration of the World War II Memorial and was recognized as one of the five “Patriots Most Important” by the National Military Family Association of the USA.

Every year he asked permission from his battalion and returned to Washington to stay for hours giving salute the participants of the parade. This attitude earned him praise from the General Commander of the Marine Corps, to “serve as a true representative of the Marines.” From there, always received permission to attend the event.

In 2008, after the show, he was called by a helper Orders of President Bush, leading the presidential invitation to the breakfast in the morning commemorating Memorial Day at the White House.

In 2009 Chambers was discharged from the Marine Corps for contracting a serious resistant bacterial infection that attacks his nerves back and causes a lot of pain, preventing him from work for several weeks. The bacteria was contracted during a surgical operation he underwent in 2005. Still, served for over four years, before accepting honorable discharge. Despite the problem, Tim Chambers attends annually ̶ ̶ without losing a single event to Rolling Thunder parade. It gets to attention, providing continence for three to four hours without interruption, a tremendous physical effort.

The physical effort is well noted in the facial expression of Sgt Chambers.
Asked how he manages to do this, Chambers responds with joy. “The first time is always the hardest and I have to struggle mentally to be able to maintain my position. Then, when the motorcycles pass me, the vibration of the engine and exhaust noise pass through my body and take away the pain in the arm. And it gets even easier when people come and look me in the eye and say, ‘Good job, Rifleman. ”