Victory Motorcycles & ‘The Gunny’ to Salute U.S. Military on Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend

GunnyDaytona (1)MEDINA, MN (May 16, 2013) – Victory Motorcycles and actor, avid Victory rider and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey – best known as “The Gunny” – are taking part in Rolling Thunder XXVI, the Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride honoring U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed all for the sake of our freedom. The annual Rolling Thunder demonstration will take place Sunday, May 26, in Washington, D.C.

The Gunny – best known for his role as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in the film, “Full Metal Jacket” – is deeply involved in advocating for the rights of active and retired or discharged members of the U.S. armed forces. He will attend Rolling Thunder XXVI as an official representative of Victory Motorcycles, saluting U.S. military personnel and their families on behalf of Victory employees and the community of Victory riders.

“We enjoy the freedom to ride because of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel, and we’re honored to have the Gunny represent our brand at this Memorial Day weekend event,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Victory Motorcycles.

On the Saturday of Rolling Thunder XXVI weekend, motorcyclists will have the opportunity to ride with Gunny to support the U.S. military. Gunny will make appearances on Saturday, May 25, at four Washington, D.C., area Victory Motorcycle dealerships and riders can join him as he rides between dealerships. Visit the Victory Motorcycles Facebook page for details on where and how to ride with Gunny.

 

H-D Hits the Road this Summer With Willie Nelson’s Country Throw-down Tour

MILWAUKEE (May 23, 2011) – Two American icons, outlaw country music and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, launch the summer concert season this Memorial Day weekend with Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour. This second annual outdoor music tour mixes some of the hottest young artists in country music with the rogue roots of Harley-Davidson and America.

 

“Harley-Davidson and Country Throwdown represent the true essence of the American spirit, one that is deeply rooted in freedom and self-expression with a rebel spirit that never dies.” says Amanda Lee, Communications Manager at Harley-Davidson. “This spirit burns across generations and is one of the reasons why Harley-Davidson is the number one selling on-street motorcycle among Young Adults age 18-34 in the U.S.”

 

Harley-Davidson’s Golden Horse Saloon will be on site to rev up the action at each Country Throwdown tour stop. Tour headliners include Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Randy Houser and the legendary Willie Nelson. Randy Houser, fellow H-D rider, will be onsite at the Golden Horse Saloon before each of his performances to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Guests have the opportunity to swing their leg over a selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display, including some of the newest additions to the Dark Custom family of bikes. Those who want to take the first step toward riding can feel the thrill of the throttle, fire up the engine and shift through the gears on a real Harley-Davidson motorcycle with JUMPSTART, Harley’s signature stationary riding experience – no license or riding experience required. There will also be VIP motorcycle parking for all those who already roll on two wheels.

 

Country Throwdown kicks off May 27th in Philadelphia, Pa., with 25 stops across America throughout June. The tour concludes July 4th with a wrap party at historic Billy Bob’s inFort Worth, Texas. For more information on Country Throwdown and to find a tour stop near you, visit: www.h-d.com/throwdown

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Run For the Wall Through D.C. May 29

Run For the Wall” riders from as far away as California and Texas will again join fellow riders on Sunday, May 29th for the Rolling Thunder XXIV Ride Through Washington.. an event that draws more than 300,000 to the streets of DC.

Rolling Thunder — the largest annual event in Washington D.C.  — is a First Amendment demonstration run that takes place during Memorial Day weekend for POW/MIA awareness. Here are some of the activities planned for the weekend.

Friday, May 27th – 9pm Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Saturday, May 28th – 9am Thunder Alley opens at 22nd St & Constitution Ave
11 am – US Navy Memorial Wreath Laying, Navy Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
11 am – 3 pm – Saluting our Troops…speakers/musical tributes located on state between Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial.

Sunday, May 29th - 7 am – Reveille – bikers rally in North Pentagon Parking lot.
12 noon – Rolling Thunder XXIV starts…bikers depart the North Pentagon parking lot.
1:30 pm – Rolling Thunder Speaker Program – speakers  on stage between Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial.

Memorial Day, May 30 – 3 pm drawing for Rolling Thunder XXIV Raffle Bike 2011
at Thunder Alley, 22nd & Constitution Ave. NW. (Tickets 3@ $10 available at event)

This year, there is also a free 4-day event, “Stars, Stripes & Spokes” at RFK stadium, two miles east of the Capitol.

“We ride for those who can’t” is the motto of the organization, Run For The Wall.

Click the flyer below to learn more about the RFTW mission to bring veterans on a cross-country journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall & Rolling Thunder Ride.

RUN FOR THE WALL
By: Jennifer Jensen Walker

Thunder in the streets,
Tears in the eye,
As our love and honor
…Go to the ones that die.
We remember them,
We always hold them dear,
As they serve their country
Through their blood and fear.
Some families still wonder
Where their brothers may be hid,
But all we can do is honor them
For the service that they did.
So raise the flag up high!
Keep it ever from the dirt!
Help the soldiers in your life to see
We never want them hurt!
POW … MIA …
We pray that hearts will mend!
We cry for you, we ride for you,
Our vigil will not end!
Run for the wall!

 

Akoo Clothing Brand Becomes Official Sponsor for Atlantic Beach Bike Week in Atlantic Beach

NEW YORK, NY, MAY 25, 2011 – The AKOO Clothing brand is pleased to announce their official partnership with Bikefest 2011 held in Atlantic Beach, South Carolina during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2011.

As part of the partnership with Bikefest 2011, AKOO Clothing will be producing an outdoor stage that will host AKOO fashion shows, live musical performances, and exclusive AKOO fashion makeovers. In addition, AKOO will be hosting a community “meet and greet” event as well as the Official Bikefest 2011 Kick-Off Party. Finally, in conjunction with Downtown Locker Room, AKOO Clothing will be anchoring a national consumer sweepstakes with the grand prize being a fully customized, AKOO branded, 2010 Yamaha R1. Consumers can enter to win the AKOO bike at any DTLR retail location or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/akooclothing.com.
“The AKOO Clothing brand represents authenticity, quality, and craftsmanship. Our Atlantic Beach community is proud to have AKOO as our official partner for Bikefest 2011,” says Mr. William Booker, Town Manager of Atlantic Beach. “We welcome them as well as the thousands of bike enthusiasts from across the country to our community.”
Atlantic Beach, a small resort town in South Carolina with a population under 400 people, hosts the country’s largest sportbike event during Memorial Day Weekend. Bike enthusiasts from all genders, races and nationalities experience four days of exciting festivities from live music, numerous events and unforgettable camaraderie among hundreds of Bike Clubs.
AKOO Clothing is the new Americana fashion go-to brand for top fashion and innovation nationally and internationally. Global trendsetting celebrities, athletes, musicians, and actors have become fans of the brand including Larry King. Some of these prominent fans have even taken it a step further by aligning themselves and their projects with AKOO such as B.o.B,Curtis Granderson, Carl Crawford, Hosea Chanchez, Travis Porter, Tristan Wilds, Meek Mill, and Mickey Factz to name a few. AKOO has been featured in national print publications including VIBE Magazine and GQ, who also named AKOO’s founder T.I., one of the “10 Most Stylish Men in America” in their magazine issue.
ABOUT AKOO CLOTHING
AKOO, an acronym for A KING OF ONESELF, is a men’s contemporary clothing line that exudes a unique sense of elusive style that is versatile to one’s own lifestyle. The brand offers the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship including distinctive prints and fabrics that are unmatched from comfortable denim with custom embroidery, stylish leather jackets, detailed sweaters and durable lightweight tees as well as button downs and polos. AKOO, was founded by Grammy award winning artist, music and film producer, song writer and actor, T.I., and his business partner and Grand Hustle Entertainment CEO, Jason Geter. AKOO is manufactured and distributed by RP55 Group. AKOO is donned by celebrities including actors, musicians and athletes. The brand has been featured on TV, in videos, online, and in print media from around the world. The AKOO Clothing showroom is located at 230 W. 39th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10018. For more information on AKOO Clothing, visit www.akooclothingbrand.com and Facebook via www.facebook.com/akooclothing and Twitter via twitter.com/akooclothing.