SOURCE: Rolling Thunder, Inc.
ROLLING THUNDER®, INC. XXXI “RIDE FOR FREEDOM” MEMORIAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE MAY 25-27, 2018
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National Travel Schedule
Molly Pitcher Rest Stop (NJ Turnpike, BTW Interchanges 8 & 8A, Cranbury, NJ) assemble 8:00 A.M. Meet on the Gas Station Side, Molly Pitcher Departure Time 9:00 A.M. Sharp!
Maryland House Rest Stop ( I-95 Mile Marker 82, Aberdeen, MD) (Chesapeake House Closed)
Hyatt Regency Crystal City (Rolling Thunder®, Inc. – Host Hotel) Estimated Arrival Time Approx. 3:00 P.M.
Washington National Cathedral “Blessing of the Bikes” – 5:00 P.M.
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC
Candle Light Vigil – 9:00 P.M.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
Rolling Thunder Chapters Depart as a Group from the Hyatt Regency Crystal City for the Wall and Services at 8:30 P.M. Parking on Henry Beacon Drive
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018
Harley-Davidson of Washington Free Barbeque 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
9407 Livingston Road
Fort Washington, Maryland
Group Departs from the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at 10:00 A.M.
U.S. Navy Memorial – 11:00 A.M.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC (On the Plaza)
Rolling Thunder® XXXI Members Wreath Presentation
Rolling Thunder® Inc. Hospitality Room – 8:00 P.M. Hyatt Regency Crystal City – All are Welcome!
Main Banquet Room – Speakers, Awards
Artie Muller, Joe Bean, Tom D’Alessio
Rolling Thunder® Officers/Board Members
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018
Pentagon Parking Lot Assembly 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M./Noon North Pentagon Parking Lot
South Pentagon Parking Lot
“Ride for Freedom” Rolling Thunder® XXXI Demonstration Departure To Washington, DC – 12:00 P.M./Noon
Parking Staff Will Direct Departures
Washington, DC Arrival
Park Bikes in Softball Fields as Police Direct
Park Vehicles with Authorized Parking Permits at Ohio Drive
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Speakers Program – Approx. 1:30 P.M.
Stage Location: Reflecting Pool across from the Lincoln Memorial
Master of Ceremonies: Chris Noel & Nikki Mendicino – Speakers Program to be Announced
Musical Tribute to Veterans – Following Speakers Program – Approx. 3:00 p.m.
Rockie Lynne, Gordon Painter, Ben Mason
NESHANIC STATION, N.J., May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This year is the organization’s 31st demonstration in support of POW/MIA and Veterans’ Issues. Speakers for this year include John LeBoutillier, former Congressman New York’s 6th district; Robert Steele, Chief Enabling Officer of Earth Intelligence Network; Chris Noel, Actress; Anoop Pakash, Director of Retail Development HDMC and other supporters of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. and the POW/MIA issue. A lineup of celebrity entertainers is slated to provide a fitting musical tribute, including Rockie Lynne; Gordon Painter and Ben Mason.
Weekend Highlights include:
Friday, May 25
National Washington Cathedral “Blessing of the Bikes” – Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, Washington, D.C. – 5 p.m.
Candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Wall led by the Flame of Freedom which will lead the Gold Star mothers to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, and those who are still missing or held prisoner – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 26
Harley-Davidson of Washington – 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD – free barbeque 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
U.S. Navy Memorial wreath presentation – 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC (On the Plaza) – 11 a.m.
Rolling Thunder Hospitality Room – Hyatt Regency, Crystal City – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Demonstration – leaves Pentagon North Parking Lot at noon
Program of speakers and Musical Tribute to Veterans at the stage in front of the Reflecting Pool facing the Lincoln Memorial from 1:30 – 5 p.m.
The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Flame of Freedom will also be transported via motorcycle escorted by Chapter 5 from Naples, FL with ceremonies in Kingsland, GA and Richmond, VA arriving in Washington, D.C. May 24, 2018. The Flame will be used at the Candlelight Vigil to lead Gold Star mothers as they walk along the Vietnam Wall during the May 25th candlelight remembrance. For more information: rtflameoffreedom.com
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. continues to seek answers on the POW/MIA issue, encourage members of Congress to get several pieces of legislation passed into law (visit the “Government Affairs” page of our website); our military was promised healthcare when they retired and are now being told they have to pay for it. Prescription drug costs continue to rise with many Veteran’s now going without the medication they need. There are still over 457,695 VA claims pending with 183,190 claims over 125 days. The backlog of VA claims is a major contributing factor to the increased homelessness and nearly 22 suicides a day of our Veterans.
Rolling Thunder Charities®, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with 96% of all funds going to Veterans and our Troops in need of help. We will pay their rent, mortgage, utilities, food and clothing.
Veterans from the Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War suffer and are dying from toxins from burn pit exposure. Nothing is being done to compensate them for their illnesses.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. To date, not enough has been done to help or compensate these Veterans suffering from various illnesses due to the contaminated water.
Information for Media
Program details will be available in the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. press room at rollingthunder1.com and are updated as needed. Members of Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s National Media Committee will be available at event locations throughout the weekend to assist working press with interviews, photographs, and any other needs. For more information or to schedule interviews in advance, please contact Nancy Regg, National Media Committee Chairperson, at 908*310*3268 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SOURCE Rolling Thunder, Inc.