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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rolling Thunder Memorial Ride (Pictures)

The 8th Annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Memorial Ride took place yesterday, May 25th, and started at the Army Reserve Center in Fort Thomas. A beloved Fort Thomas tradition, the local ride (Ohio Chapter 9) serves as a prologue to the national Rolling Thunder Memorial Ride held Memorial Day weekend in Washington D.C. This year, Ohio Chapter 9 wants your help—as a rider (car or motorcycle) or observer.

Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit #19 and organizer of this year's local Rolling Thunder Memorial Ride, Kate Hempleman, said of the ride, ”So many men were being left behind despite thousands of reported sightings of live Americans in captivity. These sightings were being ignored by the government and press. 

The two Vietnam vets weren't OK with this and decided to do something about it. In 1988 they held the first Rolling Thunder ride, gathering in D.C. with 2,500 riders. Their voices were heard."

The weather reports were threatening, but the ride went off without a hitch, cruising through Fort Thomas and Newport, waving at citizens and schools along the way. Below are a sampling of pictures from the ride. 

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4th St. School. 




St. Catherine School. 

Holy Trinity School, Newport. 

Closing ceremonies. 

Johnson Elementary. 

Opening ceremonies. 

The Mustang contingent. 

Fort Thomas Fire Dept. 

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