NESHANIC STATION, N.J. — This year is the 30th Anniversary Demonstration in support of POW/MIA and Veterans’ Issues. Speakers for this year include Dr. James Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Admiral James Lyons, Jr. (retired); Tom Porter, Legislative Director, Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Affairs; Anoop Prakask, Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Nicolette Rose, National Alliance of Families; Robert Patrick, Actor 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 Billy Ray Cyrus; Gordon Painter and Rockie Lynne. Weekend Highlights include:
Friday, May 26
- National Washington Cathedral “Blessing of the Bikes” – Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, Washington, D.C. – 5 p.m.
- Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Wall led by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. with Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Flame of Freedom to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, and those who are still missing or held prisoner – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 27
- Harley-Davidson of Washington – 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD – free barbeque 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- U.S. Navy Memorial wreath presentation – 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC (On the Plaza) – 11 a.m.
- Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Hospitality Room – Hyatt Regency, Crystal City – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 28
- Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Demonstration – leaves Pentagon North Parking Lot at Noon
- Speakers Program 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 26th. The Flame will be used at the Candlelight Vigil to lead Gold Star Mothers as they walk along the Vietnam Wall during the May 27 Candlelight Remembrance. For more information: rtflameoffreedom.com.
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. continues to seek answers on the POW/MIA issue, encourage members of Congress to get several pieces of legislation passed into law (visit the “Government Affairs” page of our website); our military was promised healthcare when they retired and are now being told they have to pay for it. Prescription drug costs continue to rise with many Veterans now going without the medication they need. As of April 15, 2016 there are still over 457,695 VA claims pending with 183,190 claims over 125 days. The backlog of VA claims is a major contributing factor to the increased homelessness and nearly 22 suicides a day of our Veterans.
Rolling Thunder Charities®, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with 95% of all funds going to Veterans and our Troops in need of help. We will pay their rent, mortgage, utilities, food and clothing. Veterans from the Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War suffer and are dying from toxins from burn pit exposure. Nothing is being done to compensate them for their illnesses.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. To date, not enough has been done to help or compensate these Veterans suffering from various illnesses due to the contaminated water.
SOURCE Rolling Thunder, Inc.