NESHANIC STATION, N.J., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- John Amos, long-time
actor, activist and star of ABC's hit television show Men in Trees will
participate in Rolling Thunder's 21st annual Memorial Day weekend
activities and Sunday demonstration in support of POW/MIA and veterans'
issues, May 23-25, 2008, in Washington, D.C.
Amos and Rolling Thunder will hold a joint press conference at the
Hyatt Crystal City (Va.) Hotel on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m. Working media
who want to attend the press conference should contact Belinda Foster,
senior publicist for John Amos, at 323.556.0691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artie Muller, founder and national executive director of Rolling
Thunder, welcomed Amos's involvement. "To have a person of John Amos's
stature involved in Rolling Thunder brings our mission to a whole new level
of visibility nationally," Muller said. "As a veteran, he understands the
need to keep POW/MIA and other veterans issues at the forefront,
particularly in a time of war, when everyone wants the problem to go away.
As long as even one of our troops is unaccounted for, or if those who
return are not given the highest level of respect for their service,
Rolling Thunder will keep up its fight. We're glad to have John Amos in
there with us," he said.
Amos will lend his support to this year's event in a variety of ways,
including delivering a dramatic reading of Gen. Colin Powell's "Letter to a
Soldier" on Sunday afternoon, May 25, at the Lincoln Memorial's reflecting
pool. He will ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the Pentagon to the
reflecting pool with members of Rolling Thunder Inc. National, as well as
dignitaries and VIPs, as part of the annual demonstration ride through the
streets of Washington.
During the weekend, Amos will also be meeting privately with the
families of SSgt. Matt Maupin, as well as Pfc. Byron W. Fouty and Sgt. Alex
R. Jimenez, both captured May 12, 2007. SSgt. Maupin's remains were
recovered in Iraq in March, after four years missing, and were returned to
his parents in his home state of Ohio.
Best known for his roles in TV's West Wing, Good Times, and the
miniseries Roots, Amos is also a Vietnam-era honorary U.S. Coast Guard
veteran and is a veteran of the N.J. National Guard. On his breaks from TV
and films, he devotes his time to supporting veterans causes and to
mentoring children at risk throughout the U.S. and the world. A former
social worker, he is the founder the Halley's Comet Foundation, a
non-profit organization for kids of all ages that uses sailing as a means
to teach kids team work, self-worth, and building a vision for success.
A long-time fan of country music, in late 2007 he released his first
country music CD featuring patriotic-themed songs aimed at saluting the
U.S. Armed Forces. His involvement in Rolling Thunder came about through a
chance encounter last November at a Veteran's Day rally in Nashville.
There, he met Bob Ousley, president of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Tennessee,
who invited him to participate in this year's Memorial Day events.
"I spent time with Bob and his chapter members after the rally and I
was blown away by their passion and commitment to the POW/MIA cause," Amos
said. "People forget that for families of troops left behind, there is no
closure. Rolling Thunder makes sure that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and
Marines who put their lives on the line are never forgotten. I'm a veteran
myself, so I'm only too happy to lend my name and my presence to this
effort," he added.
Rolling Thunder XXI Online Press Room
Detailed program information for Saturday and Sunday, as well as other
events, can be found at Rolling Thunder's national web site. Click on
online press room. Here you'll also find city-by-city route information for
the Spirit of Freedom and Flying Thunder ride/fly event, which leaves
California on May 14 and stops in nearly a dozen cities before arriving in
Washington on May 21. In addition to the May 23 press conference, there
will be a Media room at Rolling Thunder's headquarters hotel, the Hyatt
Crystal City (VA) that can be used for working press who would like to
conduct interviews, take photographs, and any other needs. Please contact
Nancy Regg, National Media Committee Chairperson, at 908.310.3268 or
About Rolling Thunder
Incorporated in 1995, Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a class 501(c)(4)
non-profit organization with over 85 chartered chapters throughout the
United States. Membership is composed of men and women, with 40-45% being
non-veterans and the balance being veterans from all wars and peacetime.
Although many of its members ride motorcycles, we are not a motorcycle
club, and a person does not have to own or ride a motorcycle to be a
member. They just need to have the time and willingness to be an advocate
for our troops, veterans, and POW/MIAs. In 2007, Rolling Thunder Charities,
Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This status
enables individuals and corporations to receive a tax deduction for funds
donated to Rolling Thunder Charities. These funds are used for veterans and
active military and their families in need of help. No officers of Rolling
Thunder Charities, Inc., or Rolling Thunder Inc., receive compensation; we
all donate our time. For more information about Rolling Thunder, visit the
organization's web site at http://www.rollingthunder1.com/index.html .
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