Over One Million participants in Rolling Thunder, Inc.’s 27th Annual Memorial Day Demonstration

This year marked the organization’s 27th anniversary demonstration in support of POW/MIA and veterans’ issues. Friday, May 23rd began with a visit to the Washington National Cathedral with the church hosting a special “Blessing of the Bikes” to honor those who have served and to provide a place of healing for veterans. The Candlelight vigil took place at the Vietnam Wall where Gold Star Mothers were escorted by the Flame of Freedom to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country and those still missing or held prisoner. On Saturday, members of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. visited the VA Medical Center and sang songs led by Gordon Painter for an enjoyable afternoon. Also on Saturday, a wreath was presented at the Navy Memorial and Harley-Davidson of Washington held a free barbeque. Speaker Myke Shelby, an Air Force Veteran and owner of San Diego Harley-Davidson received the first Michael Cobb Memorial Award, Saturday night at the Hospitality Room, for his work with Veterans.

Rolling Thunder Ride For Freedom

Sunday, May 25th an estimated 800,000 motorcyclists took part in the annual “Ride for Freedom” from the Pentagon parking lots to the National Mall with supporters lining the streets giving this demonstration an estimated total of over one million. Gerry Walter a former WWII POW and his wife, first time participants, rode in a restored Ford Model “A” car owned by Gregg Hanke.

The stage area by the Reflecting Pool was filled with supporters to the top step of the Lincoln Memorial. The keynote speaker was Dorothy Woods, wife of former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods who was killed in the Benghazi attack, also Veteran’s advocate Nikki Mendicino; and other supporters of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. and the POW/MIA issue. Celebrity entertainers provided a fitting musical tribute which included the Loch Rannoch Pipes & Drums Band, perennial favorite Gordon Painter, Ben Mason, 6th Generation and Rockie Lynne.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc., a 501(c)(4) non-profit Veterans organization incorporated in 1995, by National Director Sgt. Artie Muller, to seek accountability for all POW/MIA’s from past wars and to promote the needs of Veterans. National membership is comprised of Veterans from all wars and peacetime with 40-45% of members being non-veterans. There are currently over 95 chartered Rolling Thunder®, Inc. chapters throughout the United States. Although many members ride motorcycles, a person does not have to own or ride a motorcycle to be a member.

The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National logo depicting a bald eagle whose leg is chained to a map of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, illustrates the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. mission of being tied to American Veterans who are Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA). The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo must not be altered in any way. No additional typography or images can be added to any Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo or trademark. Prior to using any Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo trademark, you must request and receive permission from the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National. Persons or entities which use Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo or registered trademarks without permission are subject to civil and criminal penalties pursuant to trademark law. Rolling Thunder®, Inc. intends to protect its trademarks and associated goodwill to the fullest extent of the law.

SOURCE Rolling Thunder, Inc.

One Response to “Over One Million participants in Rolling Thunder, Inc.’s 27th Annual Memorial Day Demonstration”

  1. COL Bill Fortier, USA, Retired May 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I know this is late but still very important to get the word out about a new documentary now in production about the 83,281 POW/MIAs still unaccounted for since WW II.
    Please help get the word out about this – all info below
    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Richard Jellerson
    Storyteller Original Films
    Cell: (213) 675-0813
    Email: [email protected]
    Website W/10 min Film Trailer at:


    – Funeral at 11 am 5/29/14
    – Remains Returned Home After 63 Years
    – 83,281 Missing in Action Still Unaccounted For Since WW II

    Yesterday, film producer, Richard Jellerson, traveled from California to Washington DC and tomorrow, along with his film crew, will be at Arlington National Cemetery to film and record the military funeral for Army Private First Class (PFC) James R. Holmes, who served in Korea with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

    PFC Holmes was taken Prisoner of War on December 1, 1950, died while in captivity and his remains were accounted for on January 14, 2014. He was returned home after 63 years and will be buried with Full Military Honors in Arlington 11 am on Thursday, May 29th. Richard will also be conducting interviews with family members and members of Veteran’s groups and representatives of the DOD office of POW/MIA accountability and will aslo film and take interviews at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    The film is entitled “A Solemn Promise, America’s Missing in Action” and it will share stories like PFC Holmes’ about: America’s 83,281 still unaccounted for POW/MIAs; the stories of their family members still awaiting word after decades of not knowing if their loved ones were dead or alive; and the stories of those, whose job it is to locate, identify, return, and bury – with full military honors – America’s fallen warriors.

    The Title’s term “A Solemn Promise”, refers to the one given to military members before entering into combat – a reminder…”We will leave no one behind”…but, as you can see, that was not true for over 83,000 who are still out there somewhere in or near former battlefields.

    The film is being produced by Richard’s company; Storyteller Original Films and there is a 10-minute trailer on the company’s website at: storytellerfilms.tv Richard, a veteran himself – flying 2 tours of duty in Vietnam -serving the last tour as personal pilot for General Creighton Abrams – previously produced a very popular History Channel special entitled “The Personal Experience – Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam”.

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