Legion again big part of Rolling Thunder

Multiple American Legion activities again will be taking place during this year’s annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride into the nation’s capital Memorial Day weekend.

Starting Thursday, Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., will be conducting a variety of events for Rolling Thunder participants, including dinners, a POW-MIA ceremony, a motorcycle ride/candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a performance by the band Madison Rising as part of the Defend Freedom Summer Tour. The tour also features guest speakers, including Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, New York Times best-selling author and decorated Army Ranger Sean Parnell, Navy SEAL Gold Star mother Karen Vaughn and others.

American Legion Emblem Sales will have a table set up at Post 177 so attendees can purchase ALR merchandise and other Legion family items.

On Sunday, riders will depart from Post 177 for the “Run to the Thunder” ride to the Pentagon. To register for the ride and for more information on Post 177’s events – as well as information on area hotels and volunteer opportunities – click here.

Following Sunday's Ride, Post 1976 in Annandale, Va., will host a BBQ dinner that will include three bands. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Missing In America Project, which locates, identifies and inters the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans.

For more information on Post 1976’s event, click here.

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  1. I think each year the veteran has been, gradually, swept under the rug more often , I do not refer to other areas but this is in my city of Lynwood, and about two or three years ago the city council suggested the setting up displays of banners over the streets but for a price, they asked veterans who wished to have a banner with their name they would have to contribute $200.00 for a banner needles to say I have not seen any, that I have noticed except one or two honoring a business man ex-servicemen. I have nothing against that, because if the businessman was a serviceman he earned it but that automatically omits the rest of us who cannot afford it. Yours for God and Country Frank P.Calderon P.S. Now that is in Lynwood
  2. We will ride from Troy PA American Legion Riders Post 49 Saturday morning. Can't wait to get to Washington and salute our great VietNam veterans and all veterans everywhere.
  3. All are welcome to stop by our "I Signed the Flag" booth in the North Pentagon Parking Lot on Sunday morning. Sign a flag as a veteran, family member or loved one and know the name will be a eternal memorial in the U.S. archives.
  4. This is my 6th year ina row and I will be in this ride as long as I can. It is truly a moving experience and ALR Post 177 add a lot to the whole trip. Leaving tomorrow from North Carolina.
  5. This year the American Legion Riders will be even more active with The Ride Home than they were last year. Besides escorting ex-POWs and MIA families as they did several times last year a Rider will be leading The Missing Man Table Ceremony. Resolution 288 is indicative of just how dedicated the American Legion is when it comes to veterans, especially those who went missing in action.
  6. As a retiree and a Vietnam Vet I enjoy watching rolling thunder every year keep it up
  7. I really like the rolling thunder ride and one day i would like to be a participant .
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