Operation Rolling Thunder
May 31, 2010
In 1987 Rolling Thunder made its first ride to the Vietnam War Memorial. Ray Manzo a former United States Marine Corps Corporal, Army Sergeant Major John Holland (Ret.), and Marine First Sergeant Walt Sides (Ret.) are the three men that are credited with starting Rolling Thunder Inc. Memorial Day 1988 Cpl. Manzo, with the help of former Army Sergeant Artie Muller, recruited 2,500 men and women to attend Rolling Thunder I. Artie Muller would go on to lead Rolling Thunder in 1991 and has moved up the ranks to become the executive director.
Starting in 1987 and continuing through May of 2008 Rolling Thunder has been conducting the “Rolling Thunder Run” in which all of its members attend. For 22 years the members of Rolling Thunder have converged on Washington, D.C to show their continued support for the efforts to find lost service men and women of past conflicts. In May of 2001 the estimated number of motorcycles involved in this rally was 200,000; by May 2008 that number had risen to more than 350,000. During the weekend event Rolling Thunder is involved in many speeches given by military official as well as many politicians. Rolling Thunder also makes the “Ride for Freedom” which leaves the Pentagon, crosses the Memorial Bridge, and ends at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rolling Thunder has 88 chapters covering 29 states all of which are governed by the same constitution and bylaws. Many of Rolling Thunders members are veterans; however, that is not a requirement for membership. Also, Rolling Thunder is often referred to as a “motorcycle group”, but owning a motorcycle is not required either.
Rolling Thunder also allows for the formation of new chapters worldwide. Persons wishing to start a new chapter must contact the national headquarters which is located in New Jersey. All chapters of Rolling Thunder have their own president and board members and are accountable for fund raising proceeds and tax information. New Rolling Thunder Inc. chapters also must have a minimum of 20 members to include the president and board members. Each Rolling Thunder chapter is required to have a unique patch specific to only that chapter with no resemblance to another, and without infringing on any trade marks. from Wikipedia.
Camera and Lens : Canon Rebel XS with a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro Lens
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