200 American POWs and MIAs from 33 States and 5 Wars to be Honored at National POW/MIA Recognition Weekend in Andersonville, GA, Sept. 16-18, 2010

Sep 02, 2010, 10:30 ET from Rolling Thunder, Inc.

ANDERSONVILLE, Ga., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolling Thunder®'s 2010 Ride Home, a multi-day annual activity held in conjunction with the Andersonville National Historic Site and the Friends of Andersonville to recognize and honor the nation's Prisoners of War (POW) and those still Missing in Action (MIA), will be held in Andersonville and Americus, GA, Sept. 16-18, 2010.

Hundreds of Rolling Thunder members are expected to gather to honor an estimated 200 former POWs/MIA family members from around the country who are scheduled to attend this year's program of events as guests of Rolling Thunder. A highlight of this year's activities is the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, which will be escorted by Rolling Thunder to the Andersonville National Historic Site where it will remain on display for 10 days.  

This year's events will also include, for the first time, representatives of the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization founded in 1928 to remember and honor mothers who have lost sons or daughters in service to the United States. The organization was named after the Gold Star that families hung in their windows in honor of the deceased veteran.

Complete details on all events can be found on The Ride Home website. The national organization, Rolling Thunder®, Inc. was organized in 1987 to raise awareness of POW, MIA and Veterans rights issues. It is known for its annual demonstration "Ride For Freedom" in Washington, D.C. during Memorial Day weekend. For more information visit the National Rolling Thunder website.

Editor's Note:

Rolling Thunder contacts are Jim "Moe" Moyer, chair, (407) 448-1181, moehog@verizon.net, or Patty Christo, event coordinator, (239) 357-8592, info@theridehome.com.

The National Park Service, Brad Bennett, superintendent, Andersonville National Historic Site, (229) 924-0343 ext 105, brad_bennett@nps.gov. or Alan Marsh, Cultural Resource Specialist, NHS, (229) 924 0343 ext 115, michael_marsh@nps.gov.

SOURCE Rolling Thunder, Inc.