• December 6, 2018 at 10:40 am #10229
    DutchmanDutchman
    Participant

    All kinds of rumors on the internet about this being the last Rolling Thunder. Can anybody provide details about what is happening and why it’s going away?

    USMC In-Country I Corps 69-70

    RFTW "Participant" 2003, 2004, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018
    ATW 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

  • December 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm #10231
    Big Tom
    Participant

    This is the first that I have heard of it…

    Participant 2008
    All the way 2009
    Vietnam Vet 67-68

  • December 6, 2018 at 1:59 pm #10232
    PelicanPelican
    Participant

    Yes, 2019 will be the last year of Rolling Thunder in Washington D.C. on Memorial weekend.

    This information is obtained from the R.T. website, Presidents message located on page 8. The paragraph covering this news is quoted below:

    “PRESIDENT JOE BEAN:
    The conference in DC was excellent. We had classes this year for Media, and Flags/Signs/Chairs. Received many compliments fro
    m the
    Chapters. The back s
    eats were full with general membership, and we had 290 attend the dinner. Announced was that this year, 2019 will be our last
    Memorial Day
    weekend in DC. The decision had to be made due to the exorbitant cost and the difficulty the Pentagon Police have bee
    n giving us. We will now proceed with State Runs
    on the Sunday of Memorial Day all across the country. The representatives are not in DC Memorial Day weekend and home in thei
    r respective districts. We could make
    a bigger impact nationally by demonstrating
    in our respective States. Our sponsors will continue to back us. Harley Davidson is behind us, and the Nam Knights are with
    us. The Bike raffle will continue as well. There is a new owner of the Fort Washington Harley store and he is working to turn
    that s
    tore around. We are working out the
    details for 2020 for State Runs, and NJ, NY, and PA may have a combined Run. The second annual Freedom Farm Festival is comin
    g up in April. An email will be sent
    out with details on motels available, please book your roo
    m now if attending.”

    Pelican

    "I never met a man I didn't like"...will rogers

  • December 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm #10233
    Pretty BoyPretty Boy
    Keymaster

    More importantly…

    RUN FOR  THE WALL is HERE to STAY!!!

    Kirk "Pretty Boy" Olson
    RFTW Board of Directors - Public Affairs & Communications
    Central Route Road Guard - 2010-2018

    Participant 2009, 2015 | All the Way 2010-2014, 2016-2018
    2012 BMW K1600GT

  • December 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm #10235
    DutchmanDutchman
    Participant

    Even though RT was never an official part of RFTW I hate to see them cave to pressure as it was always a “supplement” to the FNG experience, like the USMC Evening Parade, Friday Wall vigil and other events. We could park our bikes practically anywhere in large part due to large numbers of riders in town for RT. Maybe I’m paranoid but if the powers that be can get rid of one group, they can get rid of us. I hope he leadership stays ever vigilant………..

    USMC In-Country I Corps 69-70

    RFTW "Participant" 2003, 2004, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018
    ATW 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

  • December 7, 2018 at 5:04 am #10238
    ToddTodd
    Participant

    Truth be told, I have not stuck around for the actual Sunday Rolling Thunder ride for years-I think 2013 was the last time I did.

    Getting to the Wall is really all I care about.

    Todd "Killswitch" Miller
    RFTW 2013, 2015(Staging), 2016(Staging), 2017.
    Colorado PGR, Colorado RFTW
    Life Member AMVETS, Life Member VFW Post 10233, Anjung-ri, Korea
    US Army, TB Gamberi Afghanistan, APO, AP 09354

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