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.


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.

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!
We pray that hearts will mend!
We cry for you, we ride for you,
Our vigil will not end!
Run for the wall!