Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc.

Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc. To make certain that we, as a nation, never forget our prisoners of war nor forget our missing in ac 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.

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76 years ago today, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, nearly 7,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen made the...
02/24/2021

76 years ago today, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, nearly 7,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen made the ultimate sacrifice while nearly 20,000 were wounded.

During the battle, U.S. Marines raised a flag atop Mount Suribachi.

Later that day, six U.S. Marines replaced the flag and a second, larger flag was raised. A commander on scene requested the bigger flag to inspire his men and demoralize the enemy.

Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal, captured this second flag-raising.

The image of the flag raising uplifted the spirts of the nation and inspired millions of American's to purchase war bonds, providing much needed funding to the war effort.

The image is one of the most iconic photographs in U.S. history.

76 years ago today, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, nearly 7,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen made the ultimate sacrifice while nearly 20,000 were wounded.

During the battle, U.S. Marines raised a flag atop Mount Suribachi.

Later that day, six U.S. Marines replaced the flag and a second, larger flag was raised. A commander on scene requested the bigger flag to inspire his men and demoralize the enemy.

Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal, captured this second flag-raising.

The image of the flag raising uplifted the spirts of the nation and inspired millions of American's to purchase war bonds, providing much needed funding to the war effort.

The image is one of the most iconic photographs in U.S. history.

02/24/2021
Iwo Jima

Feb 23rd, 1945: "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.” — James V. Forrestal, SECNAV

Mail Call!"Give my best to all the family. Letters are my only thing to live for now, so write often." - World War I sol...
02/23/2021

Mail Call!

"Give my best to all the family. Letters are my only thing to live for now, so write often." - World War I soldier

During WW I, the importance of receiving mail could not be over stated. For American fighting forces, receiving mail was vital for morale. Some considered the delivery of mail to our fighting forces was just as important as delivering rations and ammunition.

The motorcycle played a key role in delivering the mail to the troops.

Thanks to men like Battalion Mail Corporal Virgil McNeal (driver) and Vernon C. Coffey (sidecar) for ensuring this vital service was performed.

McNeal and Coffey delivering mail in Orley Sur Seine, France, November, 1918.

Photo - National World War I Museum and Memorial

Mail Call!

"Give my best to all the family. Letters are my only thing to live for now, so write often." - World War I soldier

During WW I, the importance of receiving mail could not be over stated. For American fighting forces, receiving mail was vital for morale. Some considered the delivery of mail to our fighting forces was just as important as delivering rations and ammunition.

The motorcycle played a key role in delivering the mail to the troops.

Thanks to men like Battalion Mail Corporal Virgil McNeal (driver) and Vernon C. Coffey (sidecar) for ensuring this vital service was performed.

McNeal and Coffey delivering mail in Orley Sur Seine, France, November, 1918.

Photo - National World War I Museum and Memorial

For all those currently serving our great nation, at home and abroad, Thank You!Photo - Office of the Secretary of Defen...
02/22/2021

For all those currently serving our great nation, at home and abroad, Thank You!

Photo - Office of the Secretary of Defense

For all those currently serving our great nation, at home and abroad, Thank You!

Photo - Office of the Secretary of Defense

To date, there are still 1,585 American service members from the Vietnam War who remain unaccounted for.You Are Not Forg...
02/22/2021

To date, there are still 1,585 American service members from the Vietnam War who remain unaccounted for.

You Are Not Forgotten.

We Ride For Those Who Can't.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
https://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/

To date, there are still 1,585 American service members from the Vietnam War who remain unaccounted for.

You Are Not Forgotten.

We Ride For Those Who Can't.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
https://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/

02/22/2021
A U.S. Marine shows a message written on the back of his flack vest at the Khe Sanh combat base in Vietnam on Feb. 21, 1...
02/22/2021

A U.S. Marine shows a message written on the back of his flack vest at the Khe Sanh combat base in Vietnam on Feb. 21, 1968 during the Vietnam War.

The quote reads, "Caution: Being a Marine in Khe Sanh may be hazardous to your health."

Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans and thank you for your service!

Photo: AP Photo/Rick Merron

A U.S. Marine shows a message written on the back of his flack vest at the Khe Sanh combat base in Vietnam on Feb. 21, 1968 during the Vietnam War.

The quote reads, "Caution: Being a Marine in Khe Sanh may be hazardous to your health."

Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans and thank you for your service!

Photo: AP Photo/Rick Merron

To all Vietnam Veterans, Thank You for your service!Welcome Home!To the 58,320 listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ...
02/22/2021

To all Vietnam Veterans, Thank You for your service!

Welcome Home!

To the 58,320 listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, You Are Not Forgotten.

Photo - Kevork Djansezian

To all Vietnam Veterans, Thank You for your service!

Welcome Home!

To the 58,320 listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, You Are Not Forgotten.

Photo - Kevork Djansezian

With all you know related to basic training, service and the pros and cons of life in the military, would you do it agai...
02/22/2021

With all you know related to basic training, service and the pros and cons of life in the military, would you do it again?

To all military retirees, veterans and those currently serving, Thank You!

With all you know related to basic training, service and the pros and cons of life in the military, would you do it again?

To all military retirees, veterans and those currently serving, Thank You!

Freedom is not free, so, with this in mind, do you think all eligible Americans, between 18-26, should serve in the US A...
02/22/2021

Freedom is not free, so, with this in mind, do you think all eligible Americans, between 18-26, should serve in the US Armed Forces (or some type of national service) for at least two years?

Currently, according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), only 0.4% of eligible Americans are serving on active duty (approximately 1.3 million personnel).

During World War II, 9% of the population served.

To all currently serving, Thank You!

Freedom is not free, so, with this in mind, do you think all eligible Americans, between 18-26, should serve in the US Armed Forces (or some type of national service) for at least two years?

Currently, according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), only 0.4% of eligible Americans are serving on active duty (approximately 1.3 million personnel).

During World War II, 9% of the population served.

To all currently serving, Thank You!

If there's a vet in your life, please take the time to thank them and let them know you appreciate their service.They wi...
02/22/2021

If there's a vet in your life, please take the time to thank them and let them know you appreciate their service.

They will greatly appreciate the gesture.

If there's a vet in your life, please take the time to thank them and let them know you appreciate their service.

They will greatly appreciate the gesture.

To all currently serving and those who have served, Thank You!
02/22/2021

To all currently serving and those who have served, Thank You!

To all currently serving and those who have served, Thank You!

We can never say it enough!!!
02/22/2021

We can never say it enough!!!

We can never say it enough!!!

Rest in peace, Army/Vietnam-era veteran, Gerald McCullar, who portrayed a Prisoner of War (POW) during the Rolling Thund...
02/22/2021

Rest in peace, Army/Vietnam-era veteran, Gerald McCullar, who portrayed a Prisoner of War (POW) during the Rolling Thunder Demonstration Run for nearly 30 years.

He was 79 years old.

Thank you for your service, sir.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Photos - MSgt Rob Wilkins, USAF, Ret

May they continue to rest in peace.
01/29/2021

May they continue to rest in peace.

ON THIS DAY: 35 years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members. abcn.ws/2RywSls

Rolling to Remember, May 30th, 2021, Washington, DC.See below for additional details.
01/23/2021

Rolling to Remember, May 30th, 2021, Washington, DC.

See below for additional details.

Memorial Day weekend we will host the world's largest one-day, pro-veteran demonstration ride.

Register to ride now: rollingtoremember.com

We'll see you in May. 🏍

Wishing our great nation strength, peace and unity.Photos - MSgt Rob Wilkins, USAF, Ret.               President, Rollin...
01/23/2021

Wishing our great nation strength, peace and unity.

Photos - MSgt Rob Wilkins, USAF, Ret.
President, Rolling Thunder, Washington, DC., Inc.

We are sad to share the news of the passing of an American baseball legend and dedicated supporter of the U.S. Armed For...
01/22/2021

We are sad to share the news of the passing of an American baseball legend and dedicated supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, Hank Aaron. He was 86.

During his playing career, Aaron frequently visited service personnel stationed around the world to include a trip to the DMZ in 1982, stating, "You don't realize what a tremendous job and the danger our armed forces through Korea are constantly exposed to until you come here," said Aaron,

Thank you for your support, sir. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

We are sad to share the news of the passing of an American baseball legend and dedicated supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, Hank Aaron. He was 86.

During his playing career, Aaron frequently visited service personnel stationed around the world to include a trip to the DMZ in 1982, stating, "You don't realize what a tremendous job and the danger our armed forces through Korea are constantly exposed to until you come here," said Aaron,

Thank you for your support, sir. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

01/20/2021
JTF-NCR Inauguration 2021 Rehearsal

The Joint Task Force - National Capital Region is proud to coordinate all military ceremonial support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Military involvement in the presidential inauguration is a centuries-old tradition in which we honor our commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate the principles of democracy.

Today, the military’s precision, teamwork and dedication to excellence will be on full display.

Here’s a look behind the scenes at yesterday’s rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol.

(U.S. Army Video by Spc. Brandon Muniz)

READY TO PERFORM | The day starts before dawn for those supporting the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. JBAB and 11th Win...
01/20/2021

READY TO PERFORM | The day starts before dawn for those supporting the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. JBAB and 11th Wing Commander Col. Mike "Goose" Zuhlsdorf and 11th Operations Group Commander Col. Robert "Lancer" Jackson met with Col. Don Schofield, commander of The United States Air Force Band, and his team before they depart for their role in Presidential Inauguration events. Stay tuned as we share the Inauguration live on this page!

#ReadyAF #Inauguration #Inauguration2021

Air Force District of Washington | President Donald J. Trump | Biden Inaugural Committee | Joe Biden

01/20/2021
Fair Winds and Following Seas

Rest in peace, Sgt. Dorothy (Schmidt) Cole who passed away last week as the oldest living Marine.

Last year, “Dotty” shared her story as she celebrated her 107th birthday. Semper Fi, Marine.

Thank you for your service, ma'am.

U.S. Army soldiers with the Nebraska National Guard and Pennsylvania National Guard stand in formation near the Capitol ...
01/20/2021

U.S. Army soldiers with the Nebraska National Guard and Pennsylvania National Guard stand in formation near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Soldiers and airmen with The National Guard have traveled from across the United States to support federal and district authorities with the 59th Presidential Inauguration happening later today.

U.S. Army soldiers with the Nebraska National Guard and Pennsylvania National Guard stand in formation near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Soldiers and airmen with The National Guard have traveled from across the United States to support federal and district authorities with the 59th Presidential Inauguration happening later today. #KnowYourMil

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., sits empty in the early morning, a few hours prior to the 59th P...
01/20/2021

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., sits empty in the early morning, a few hours prior to the 59th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2021. At least 25,000 National
Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support of federal and District authorities leading up and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Shared - DC National Guard

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., sits empty in the early morning, a few hours prior to the 59th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2021. At least 25,000 National
Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support of federal and District authorities leading up and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Shared - DC National Guard

Saluting all our Desert Storm Veterans who served our nation 30 years ago.When the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait, the United...
01/17/2021

Saluting all our Desert Storm Veterans who served our nation 30 years ago.

When the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait, the United States deployed a major joint force as part of a multination coalition to stop President Saddam Hussein’s brutal aggression. The U.S. Navy provided sea control and maritime superiority, which paved the way for the introduction of U.S. and allied air and ground forces.

Did you serve during Desert Storm?

Read about the History: ➡️ https://go.usa.gov/xApnt

Saluting all our Desert Storm Veterans who served our nation 30 years ago. #DesertStorm30

When the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait, the United States deployed a major joint force as part of a multination coalition to stop President Saddam Hussein’s brutal aggression. The U.S. Navy provided sea control and maritime superiority, which paved the way for the introduction of U.S. and allied air and ground forces.

Read about the History: ➡️ https://go.usa.gov/xApnt

From Air Force Vet, Chuck Norris!
01/13/2021

From Air Force Vet, Chuck Norris!

It has come to my attention that unfortunately there was a Chuck Norris lookalike at the DC Capitol riots on January 6th. It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there.

Let me be clear that there is no room for violence of any kind in our society, including in the context of political protests and that a peaceful transition of power is fundamental to our democratic system of government. I am and always will be for Law and Order.

Your friend, Chuck Norris

2021 Thunderbird Show Season starts next month in Florida!!!The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to pe...
01/09/2021

2021 Thunderbird Show Season starts next month in Florida!!!

The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.

The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.

2021 Show Season Schedule:

February 14: Daytona Beach, Florida – “Daytona 500″

March 7: Las Vegas, Nevada – “Las Vegas Motor Speedway Flyover”

April 17-18: Cocoa Beach, Florida – “Cocoa Beach Air Show”

May 1-2: St. Joseph, Missouri – “Sound of Speed Airshow & 139AW Open House”

May 8-9: Barksdale AFB, Louisiana – “Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show”

May 26: Colorado Springs, Colorado – “USAFA Graduation 2021 Flyover”

May 30-31: Wantagh, New York – “Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach”

June 5-6: Smyrna, Tennessee – “The Great Tennessee Air Show”

June 12-13: Fairchild AFB, Washington – “Inland Northwest Skyfest 2021″

June 19-20: Tinker AFB, Oklahoma – “Star Spangled Salute Air & Space Show”

July 3-4: Traverse City, Michigan – “National Cherry Festival Air Show”

July 10-11: Dayton, Ohio – “Dayton Air Show”

July 24-25: Milwaukee, Wisconsin – “Milwaukee Air & Water Show”

July 28: F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming – “Cheyenne Frontier Days”

July 31-August 1: McMinnville, Oregon – “Oregon International Air Show”

August 14-15: Westfield, Massachusetts – “Westfield International Air Show”

August 18: Atlantic City, New Jersey – “Thunder Over The Boardwalk Air Show”

September 4-6: Cleveland, Ohio – “Cleveland National Air Show”

September 11-12: Portsmouth, New Hampshire – “Pease Open House”

September 18-19: Reno, Nevada – “National Championship Air Races”

September 25-26: Mather, California – “California Captial Air Show”

October 2-3: San Juan, Puerto Rico – “2021 Puerto Rico International Air Show”

October 9-10: Houston, Texas – “Wings Over Houston Air Show”

October 16-17: Sanford, Florida – “Central Florida Air & Space Show”

October 23-24: Lancaster, California – “Los Angeles County Air Show”

October 30-31: Salinas, California – “California International Air Show”

November 6-7: Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona – “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona”

For more info on the Thunderbirds, click the following link:

https://afthunderbirds.com/site/

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Why do we have to register this year??? In all the years we've gone never had to so why now??????🤔🤔🤔
I hope recent events don’t affect this Memorial Day events in DC . Peace
January 6th... Asking for a friend...
Merry Christmas from the USAF
ALERT. ROLLING THUNDER ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO DC FOR JERICHO MARCH IN MORING
Thank you for everything you do to help our veterans it is so very wonderful to think that there is someone out there to help our veterans. I am married to a veteran and I come from a good star family. And I come from a strong military family. So thank you for all you do.
Reaching out to some of the best people in the USA, the biker, care, hunting and veteran communities. My wife is a 46 year old USAF and was diagnosed with stage 4 metastic cancer earlier this year, it's the same cancer that took Farrah Fawcett and Chadwick Bozeman. She is rated 100% DAV. I am also rated at 100%, I served US Army/ PAARNG, MOS 11c Infantry. We thought we thought we had a $10,000 burial insurance as part of the benefits, we don't, so we are trying to raise funds to help pre-plan and prepay final expenses. You can follow her page at Team Jennifer Cahill on Facebook. In the process, we have seen a need and are in the process of incorporating as a non-profit 501c3 to aid other female veterans who don't have life or burial insurance who are experiencing unexpected, unforeseen and final expenses as we have seen arise in our own experience. We will be incorporated as a non-profit sometime Dec 2020 and should have our 501c3 status by spring 2021. This is the last fundraiser we are doing that will directly benefit my wife. A friend started this with a go fund me page and set a goal of $30,000. We are $14,000 shy of this goal. It was suggested that I post this in every group i am inn additionally, to reach out to our brothers and sisters in arms. Thank you all in advance and if you can’t or are not able to donate, we ask that you keep my wife in your prayers. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1726818050825181/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Here to thank all the Veterans of all the branches of US armed forces . Thanks for your service, your sacrifice, and all you do in the name of our greet nation . Peace be with you . In this veterans day.
Taken Tuesday evening 10th November 2020. Lest we forget. Remember the fallen but do not forget the living of all Armed Forces past and present. Laying the Rhodesian Coat of Arms wreath tomorrow, Armistice Day 11th November at Ripon Spar Gardens War Memorial "In Remembrance of All Fallen Rhodesians".