Three-hundred and ten motorcycles gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on I89 in Sharon, for the start of the 20th anniversary Vermont Thunder ride on Sunday. After a wreath laying ceremony at the foot of the memorial, the riders left on a police escorted ride to Enosburg Falls, stopping in Richmond to merge with riders staged there. By the time the ride reached it's destination, the ride had grown to an estimated 1,000 - 1,100 motorcycles.
The annual event runs every memorial day to honor Vermont service men and women. The original Vermont Thunder ride was 132 miles, from Sharon to Swanton, to honor those who died in Vietnam. Forty-three riders participated in the first Vermont Thunder ride.