NESHANIC STATION, N.J., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This year is the organization’s 26th anniversary demonstration in support of POW/MIA and veterans’ issues. Speakers for this year include Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI 8); Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ 3); LTC. Andras Marton , Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran; Lynn O’Shea, director of research for the National Alliance of Families; Veteran’s advocate Nikki Mendicino 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 the Loch Rannoch Pipes & Drums Band, perennial favorite Gordon Painter , and country artists J.D. Micals and Rockie Lynne .
Weekend Highlights include:
Friday, May 24
Candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Wall led by the Flame of Freedom which will escort Gold Star and Blue Star families to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, and those who are still missing or held prisoner – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 25
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) – visit with the children of fallen heroes 11 a.m.
Saturday Program – Speakers and Musical Tribute at the stage in front of the Reflecting Pool facing the Lincoln Memorial from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gordon Painter , J.D. Micals and Ben Mason .
Harley-Davidson of Washington – 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD – free barbeque 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
U.S. Navy Memorial wreath presentation – 11 a.m.
Rolling Thunder Hospitality Room – Hyatt Regency, Crystal City – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 26
Rolling Thunder 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 escort from Oklahoma to Washington, DC, arriving May 24. The Flame will be used at the candlelight vigil to escort Gold Star families as they walk along the Vietnam Wall during the May 24 candlelight remembrance. Click here to get more information about the Flame of Freedom.
Information for Media
Program details will be available in the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. press room at rollingthunder1.org 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.
Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable Veterans organization, established in 2007, by Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s National Director Sgt. Artie Muller to help needy American Veterans from all wars, active duty military and their families. Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. seeks private funding to further ease the lives of those who have served and are currently serving our Country, that have been forced into dire financial situations. All Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. officers and board members are volunteers, 95% of donations go directly to help Veterans who apply for aide through Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National office in Neshanic Station, New Jersey.
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.
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