Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers stands and salutes for an gruelling 3 hours every year at the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom held annually in Washington D.C. for the Prisoners of War–Missing in Action soldiers of all wars. Here in an interview he speaks about his reasons for doing so.

Americans need to accept the risk in their freedoms. That’s part of what I like about the bikers in Rolling Thunder. Bikers accept the risk when they ride. We all use our freedoms to make choices, and we need to accept the responsibilities for those choices. You have to accept responsibilities for your own actions. I’ve made mistakes. I don’t blame it on my father or on the fact my mother was in an abusive relationship. My choices, my mistakes, my responsibility.

via Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers, The Saluting Marine – Interview.