Virtual Rolling Thunder

AMVETS will be sponsoring virtual events during this Memorial Day weekend. They will also sponsor the Rolling To Remember challenge.


AMVETS has scrapped plans to carry on the Rolling Thunder tradition in Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day because of the coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings, but pledged to hold similar events next year.

“Legally, it’s not possible and it just would not be responsible” for safety reasons this Memorial Day, Joe Chenelly, national executive director of the AMVETS veterans service organization, said in a video statement on the group’s website.

He stressed that action by AMVETS was not a formal “cancellation.” Instead, AMVETS will sponsor virtual events during the Memorial Day weekend on the POW-MIA issue and other veterans’ causes and also promote a “Rolling To Remember” challenge.

The challenge is for those with motorcycles to ride 22 miles wherever they are on Sunday, May 24, the day before Memorial Day, to call attention to the average of 20-22 veteran suicides daily, Chenelly said.

“As always, the health and safety of our riders and the veteran community is our top priority,” In AMVETS said in a statement. “Due to the federal and state restrictions on public gatherings and the guidance of public health officials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rolling to Remember motorcycle demonstration will not take place in Washington, D.C.”

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Virtual Rolling Thunder