Rolling Thunder Holds 30th Ride for Freedom

Rolling Thunder Holds 30th Ride for Freedom is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

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Motorcyclists from across the country shook the ground during the Rolling Thunder in the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom at the base of the Memorial Bridge. Khalid Naji-Allah/ Special for the Washington Times.

Advocating for America's veterans, loved ones and survivors



A man role-plays the part of a POW in a cage as he is pulled by a motorcycle, during the Rolling Thunder XXII Ride for Freedom along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 24, 2009.  (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Select D.C.-area Chick-fil-A restaurants set up Missing Man Tables, like this one at the Bristow Chick-fil-A in Manassas, Virginia, for its market-wide Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 25, to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Image courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

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At left, Paul Kocic, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1998, bows his head during a moment of silence for fallen troops at the Rolling Thunder program near the National Mall during the Memorial Day weekend, in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 29, 2011. The Rolling Thunder organization's mission is to bring awareness to the POW-MIA issue and to educate the public about how many American prisoners of war were left behind after all past wars. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Mike Pence has long supported Rolling Thunder, Inc.  Last May, as Indiana's governor, Mr. Pence joined with chapter members of Indiana's Rolling Thunder and tweeted, "Honored to lead the first leg of Rolling Thunder's 'Ride for Freedom' from Indy to DC in support of our POWs & MIAs."

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Jenny Connell Robertson (far right) whose Navy pilot husband died in captivity, and Helene Knapp (second from right), whose Air Force pilot husband is still missing in action, spoke at a May 7 event to open the exhibit, "The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Allies and Advocates," at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas. Heath Hardage Lee (center), curator of the exhibit, and Audrey Coleman (left), assistant director and senior archivist at the Dole Institute, joined the panel. Image courtesy of Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

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