Rolling Thunder is a motorcycle Run and First Amendment demonstration which began in 1988 to bring awareness to the POW/MIA issue and to achieve full accountability for, and the return of, all service members, alive or dead, who were abandoned after the Vietnam War.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Rolling Thunder began as a demonstration following the era of the Vietnam War, which was a difficult time in our history. Many of America's military were killed or missing in action (MIA) and their remains were not being returned home or respectfully buried. There were also reports of live prisoners of war (POW) who were left behind when the war ended. In 1987, Vietnam veteran Ray Manzo, bothered by these accounts, came to DC with his idea and enlisted the help of fellow veterans Holland, Sides, and Sampley, to organize a motorcycle demonstration to bring attention to the POW/MIA situation. Choosing Memorial Day weekend for the event, they envisioned the arrival of the motorcycles coming across the Memorial Bridge, and thought it would sound like “Rolling Thunder”. The first Run in 1988, had roughly 2500 motorcycles and riders demanding that the U.S. government account for all POW/MIA's; it continues to grow every year, becoming the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event. Now with over a million riders and spectators combined, Rolling Thunder has evolved into an emotional display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.
Logan Daily News - 4 days ago
Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization, with time and effort being donated by those who believe that POW/MIA is an issue and that those soldiers deserve...
Stars and Stripes - 5 days ago
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Thecountypress - 5 days ago
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Highlands Today - 1 week ago
PAUL CATALA/STAFF Mary Ingoglia, left, Charles Brock and his wife, Claudia, and Brenda Edwards sit at a table in the conference room of the Jacaranda Hotel....
Stars and Stripes - 2 weeks ago
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