First Rolling Thunder Rally

Title

First Rolling Thunder Rally

Description

The first Run to the Wall event, now known as Rolling Thunder, was held on Memorial Day in 1988. The rally was organized by Vietnam veteran Ray Manzo who wanted to bring national attention to the plight of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action in Southeast Asia. Working together with the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Manzo encouraged many veterans and supporters to ride into Washington and gather on the Mall. Approximately 2,500 bikers participated in the first rally. Rolling Thunder continued to grow and now occurs every Memorial Day weekend.

Source

Cristiano Del Riccio. View original.

Date

05/30/1988

Coverage

Event Type

Event Sort Date

19880530

Description

The first Run to the Wall event, now known as Rolling Thunder, was held on Memorial Day in 1988. The rally was organized by Vietnam veteran Ray Manzo who wanted to bring national attention to the plight of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action in Southeast Asia. Working together with the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Manzo encouraged many veterans and supporters to ride into Washington and gather on the Mall. Approximately 2,500 bikers participated in the first rally. Rolling Thunder continued to grow and now occurs every Memorial Day weekend.

Date

05/30/1988

Coverage

1980-1999

Source

Cristiano Del Riccio. View original.