NESHANIC STATION, N.J., June 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of the VA Dr. David Shulkin participated in the "Ride for Freedom" in support of the POW/MIA issue and Veterans' Rights. Shortly before noon and the rumble of motorcycle engines starting the thunder of a B-52 bomber appeared in the distance. As it flew majestically above the Pentagon parking lots the roar of participants could barely be heard. The 30th Anniversary of the "Ride for Freedom" began following 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, Rex Tillerson, Dr. David Shulkin, Commander Kirk Lippold, actor Robert Patrick and others visited with the Gold Star Mothers, Veterans and supporters from as far away as Australia, England and Canada.
The roar continued at the Reflecting Pool stage as Commander Kirk Lippold led the crowd of thousands in the Pledge of Allegiance with Rockie Lynne singing the National Anthem. Speakers included 93 year old WWII Veteran, Admiral James Lyons; Dr. Shulkin, Secretary of the VA; General David L. Goldfein, USAF, Robert Patrick, star of the hit TV series "Scorpion"; Nicolette Rose, National Alliance of Families; Tom Porter, Legislative Director IAVA and Anoop Prakash, Director of U.S. Marketing Harley-Davidson. We thank them for their support and informative messages to the crowd on the POW/MIA issue and Veterans issues. Celebrity entertainers Gordan Painter and Rockie Lynne provided a fitting musical tribute. A huge thank you to our sponsors Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Aetna, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Giant Foods, Peapod, Echo Global Logistics, Medical Services Intl. Inc., Bioscript & Subsidiaries, Hartwell Capitol Consulting and our speakers, entertainers, participants and spectators for their participation at the Rolling Thunder XXX "Ride for Freedom".
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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. For more information go to: rollingthunder1.com
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