Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter Starts the Thunder! 2015 Rolling Thunder® Inc. "Ride for Freedom"

May 28, 2015, 14:38 ET from Rolling Thunder, Inc.

NESHANIC STATION, N.J., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter served as Grand Marshall of the 28th annual Rolling Thunder®, Inc. "Ride for Freedom" in support of the POW/MIA issue and Veterans' Rights.  Secretary Carter and Mrs. Carter joined the million plus supporters of Rolling Thunder® Inc., at the Pentagon parking lot on Sunday, May 24th.  At noon, Secretary Carter signaled the official start of the 2015 "Ride for Freedom" which followed a planned route through the streets of Washington, DC reaching their destination, at the stage, facing the Lincoln Memorial for a Speakers Program and Musical Tribute to Veterans.

In the North Pentagon parking lot, Secretary Carter visited with the Gold Star Mothers, many of whom participate each year, met Nancy Sinatra and Rolling Thunder®, Inc., Executive Officers and other supporters.  He proceeded to walk through the Pentagon parking lot to the event starting point and then the "Thunder" began! Rolling Thunder®, Inc. greatly appreciates Secretary Carter and Mrs. Carter's participation.

Speakers for this year included Janella Rose, National Alliance of Families; Robert Patrick, currently starring in the TV series "Scorpion"; Christian Walters, U.S. Army Officer and International Marketing for Harley-Davidson; Myke Shelby Air Force 507th DAS-TAC-P  We thank them for their support of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. and the POW/MIA issue. A lineup of celebrity entertainers provided a fitting musical tribute which included Nancy Sinatra, Loch Rannoch Pipes & Drums Band, Gordon Painter, Rockie Lynne, Ben Mason and Sharon Lee Ruckle.

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Rolling Thunder®, Inc., a 501(c)(4) non-profit Veterans organization incorporated in 1995, by National Director Sgt. Artie Muller, to seek accountability for all POW/MIA's from past wars and to promote the needs of Veterans. National membership is comprised of Veterans from all wars and peacetime with 40-45% of members being non-veterans. There are currently over 95 chartered Rolling Thunder®, Inc. chapters throughout the United States. Although many members ride motorcycles, a person does not have to own or ride a motorcycle to be a member.  Contact:


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