When one American
is not worth the
effort to be found,
we as Americans
have lost.

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2019 Ride for Freedom Info

The Star Spangled Banner
​as you've never heard it!

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The Flame of Freedom© has one purpose and that is to be the symbol of hope lighting the way home for America’s silent heroes, prisoners of war/missing in action. Rolling Thunder® Flame of Freedom© is one of two premier symbols of the movement to convince our government to allow the return of American POWs from Southeast Asia, Russia, China, Middle East and anywhere around the world they remain. It supports educating the public and motivating public action on the issue through awareness. The Flame is the personification of the effort to bring our missing home. Rolling Thunder® keeps the POW issue alive and so fuels the light of the Flame's illuminating darkness. Rolling Thunder® and the Flame are the life blood of the cry for rescue from our brothers left behind in the fight for freedom. This Flame is a focal symbol to elevate the level of public awareness for their plight.

Rolling Thunder® Chapters are encouraged to coordinate the use of the Flame of Freedom© 
in public ceremonies to educate the public about the plight of our POWs in conjunction with Missing Man Ceremonies. The Flame is also the beacon to bring home those currently serving on foreign soil in harm’s way. It is desired that the Flame will have continuous and consistent use around the country.

The Flame has a single priority event when use is reserved. The Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Friday evening before the demonstration ride held on Memorial Weekend utilizes the Flame to escort Gold Star families as they walk along the monument during this solemn remembrance of their loss. The Flame of Freedom© is available for Chapter use at all other times during the year.

The Flame of Freedom© is not a motorcycle ride or a single event. It is not carried by one member but all whose mission is to remind the country we will not forget. It is an icon of the quest to bring home those still held in captivity. It is also the symbol of our country’s commitment to account for the missing. How the Flame is transported to ceremonies is not important. What it does to represent the mission of Rolling Thunder® is the message.

Rolling Thunder® National and The Flame of Freedom

Per the direction of National, State Chapters are instructed to not purchase individual flames for use in association with Rolling Thunder® and Flame of Freedom sanctioned events.  The Flame has written, with National’s acceptance, a protocol for using The Flame.  The purpose of this process and protocol is to assure the integrity of the program and the Rolling Thunder® mission. If you would like to use The Flame please contact  John McKendree, President MS 1 (johnmckendree@bellsouth.net or 662-607- 0611) and inquire regarding availability.  

We hope all Chapters can understand the need to control this process as it relates to Rolling Thunder® events.  The Flame of  Freedom is copyrighted and it is our hope to avoid any confusion or misuse of The Flame, the program and its association with  Rolling Thunder® National.  Our priority is to assure the integrity of our programs remain true to the Rolling Thunder® mission.

 Joe Bean
 Rolling Thunder® Inc.
 National President