Thousands flock to D.C. for Memorial Day events to honor veterans

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Thousands streamed into Washington Sunday night to share in a collective expression of gratitude.

Holly Myers and her mother Stephanie Toohig of Warrenton are regulars at the National Memorial Day concert.

"So many men and women have given their lives for our freedom and too many of us take that granted. We don't realize what a blessed nation we are," said Myers.

The televised event from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol honored those we lost generations ago on the battlefield to veterans just returning from Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, thousands of motorcycle roared over the memorial bridge in a throaty bow to our men and women in uniform.

The ride for freedom is one of those impressive tributes to veterans who have died, been mistreated or are still missing that reminds us why we hold liberty so dear.