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Friday, May 24th
5 PM - Washington National Cathedral - 'Blessing of the Bikes'
9 PM - Candle Light Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Saturday, May 25th
9 AM- 9 PM Thunder Alley The official vendor site for Rolling Thunder XXXII is on 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Official Rolling Thunder patches, pins and T-shirts are on sale in Thunder Alley, along with food and biker related goods.
Sunday, May 26th
6 AM - Reveille - Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Wake-up call for all riders taking part in the Rolling Thunder XXXII First Amendment Demonstration Run. Bikers rally in the North and South Pentagon parking lots at 7 AM for a noon departure.
9 AM - Thunder Alley Opens: Location: 22nd and Constitution Ave NW
12 PM - Rolling Thunder XXXII First Amendment Demonstration Run
First Amendment Demonstration Run - Bikes leave the North Pentagon parking lot to begin their run through the Mall area. After the run, police will direct riders to West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.
1:30 PM - Rolling Thunder Speakers Program (Lincoln Memorial)
3 PM - Musical tribute to Veterans - TBA
8 PM - Memorial Day Concert - at the Capitol.
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day
9 AM - 5 PM - Thunder Alley is Open at 22nd and Constitution Ave
9 AM - WWII Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony
11 AM - Wreath Laying Ceremony - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery.
1 PM - Vietnam Veterans Wreath laying ceremony
2 PM - Annual Memorial Day Observance at Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Honoring the fallen service men and women of the Vietnam War.
2 PM - National Memorial Day Parade - Marching bands and veterans' units from all 50 states. Begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.
3 PM - National Moment of Remembrance
13 Dec 2018
Stars and Stripes | By Nikki Wentling
Declining Support, Sponsors And Increasing Costs Cited Among Reasons Demonstration Will Pass To Chapter States
FLBD received a joint letter from Artie Muller, Rolling Thunder® National Executive Director and Joseph Bean, National President. Below is the letter, unedited:
“Rolling Thunder® XXXII, “Ride For Freedom” will take place on May 26, 2019 in Washington, DC – the final Thunder Run in DC. This will be the last demonstration the organization does as a unit in Washington. It has been a hard decision to make, after much discussion and thought over the last six months Rolling Thunder National Officers have concluded to end our 32 year annual D.C. Memorial Weekend event.
“As a result of changing times the organization and Mission needed to be reorganized and reevaluated. Reasons which determined our decision were the Pentagon Security Police/Washington Police officials continued lack of cooperation, increased harassment to our supporters and sponsors. As demonstrated this past Rolling Thunder “Ride For Freedom” XXXI many of our supporters were diverted and prevented from entering the South Pentagon/Boundary Lots. Event staging costs have soared to $200,000.00 plus, lack of new Corporate Sponsor funding and the general public declined support of our event product sales (patches/pins/stick flags) in the Pentagon Lots. Financial factors are draining the organization funds if we continued this major costly annual event in Washington.
“We will continue the POW/MIA Mission through our ninety Rolling Thunder State Chapters across America coordinating demonstrations starting 2020 Memorial Weekend in their own states, or joining forces with other state chapters. Hopefully, many supporters who could not make the trip to DC can participate in their state and we can get more media coverage on the state level on the POW/MIA issue than we received in DC. This will be the final mailing of our Rolling Thunder “Ride For Freedom” Washington, DC. See our website rollingthunder1.com periodically for updates regarding 2020 State Chapter “Ride For Freedom” demonstrations. Remember our POWs/MIAs, our Troops serving and God Bless the United States of America! Hope to see you at Rolling Thunder XXXII, “Ride For Freedom” the last thunder demonstration in Washington, DC.”
FLBD is saddened by this latest development and will continue to support the POW/MIA mission of “Never Forget” at the state level. We thank Artie, Joe and the entire Rolling Thunder organization for a job well done. Special thanks to Rolling Thunder, Inc. Media Chairperson, Nancy Regg, for always taking the time to speak with FLBD.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have never participated in this annual demonstration you should plan to attend the final ride in Washington, D.C. in 2019. Be part of this historical and important event.