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Rolling Thunder Ride For Freedom Washington DC 2014

Rolling Thunder Already Preparing for 2014

Rolling Thunder XXVI was held on May 26 of 2013 and it was a huge success. Nearly one million riders and spectators from all walks of life and from all parts of the world, converged on Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend to celebrate their first amendment rights and to raise awareness for the on-going POW/MIA issue.

The weekend-long celebration of freedom kicked off Friday night with a candle light vigil at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. The fellowship continued on Saturday with the Harley-Davidson of Washington Barbeque and several speaking events. On Sunday, the riders gathered in the Pentagon parking lot and departed for D.C. at noon. The ride was followed by a speakers program and musical tribute to veterans featuring Nancy Sinatra, the Loch Rannoch Pipes and Drums Band and Gordon Painter.

Rolling Thunder Inc. National Executive Director, Artie Muller led the procession along with members from over ninety chartered chapters of Rolling Thunder.” The Saluting Marine”, Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers, held his post as hundreds of thousands of riders filed past on their ride to the wall.

This year’s demonstration was dedicated to raising awareness to the plight of Bowe Bergdahl, a 26 year-old army sergeant, who was reported missing near the town of Yahya Khel on June 30th, 2009. Sgt. Bergdahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based out of Richardson, Alaska. He has since been forced to appear in several Taliban videos where his captors demand the release of Afghani prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

Carrying on the mantra of “We Will Not Forget”, Rolling Thunder® Inc. will ride on Washington D.C. again next year on May 25, 2014. If you have never attended the event, you need to make plans now to participate in Rolling Thunder XXVII. It is a stirring patriotic display that will bring tears to the eyes of even the most hardened individual. If you wish to participate, just show up and make your voice heard. No fees or cards are required.

The Ride for Freedom began in 1987 as a demonstration to help raise awareness of the POW/MIA issue. Since then, it has evolved into a patriotic celebration where flag-waving spectators and riders pay their respects, not only to POW/MIAs, but all veterans and active duty military personnel.

To learn more about Rolling Thunder® Inc and how you can help head to http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

You can get involved – there are Rolling Thunder®, Inc Chapters in the following States:  Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and the National Headquarters is in New Jersey!

 Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys will be there this year to ride with Rolling Thunder® Inc members and raise awareness for our POW’s/MIA. Come on out and support a great cause and help support our POW’s/MIA.

Together—We Ride—We Care—We Win!


  1. On Saturday, December 7, 2013 Operation Gratitude will be mailing our 1,000,000th care package from a huge tent staged in the parking lot adjacent to OPGrat’s headquarters – the California National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA. To commemorate this special occasion, Lt. Colonel Don Allen’s AVTT (American Traveling Tributes) is also being staged outside the tented area. There will be a “Ride of Honor” for the motorcycle community along “The Wall’s” perimeter @ appx. 1300 hrs. There is designated separate parking for motorcycles & ALL bikes are welcome. (see attached flyer & photos)

    Pete Alva will be filming the event for his feature film, “The Biker Movie.” Ace photographer, Henry Aparicio, is covering Operation Gratitude’s founder, Mrs. Carolyn Blashek ‘travels,’ throughout the special day.

    On behalf of Operation Gratitude’s Staff & volunteers, I extend sincere thanks to all branches of America’s military for your service to America. If you have time in your busy schedules I’d like to offer everyone an invitation to join us for M2M. Please let me know if you have questions by emailing me @ 00fxsts@gmail.com

    Best regards,
    Jeff Kraus
    Operation Gratitude Motorcycle Community Liaison

  2. gary white

    would like events schedual

  3. michael koharcheck
  4. Sam mccabe

    I write to our troops a lot and the sick
    I would appreciate free stickers to attach to my envelops .
    Sam mccabe
    1441 Townshipline rd
    Phoenixville pa 19460-2034
    Ty sam

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