THE ROLLING THUNDER STORY
In 1987, two Vietnam veterans met to discuss their personal concerns about the Prisoner of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA) from the Vietnam War. Having honorably served their country and having taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies….” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” they were deeply troubled by the neglect of attention given to those who did not make it out with their lives or their freedom. These veterans discussed the more than 10,000 reported sightings of live Americans living in dismal captivity. Today there are Rolling Thunder chapters across the United States.
Rolling Thunder Ga-3 Chapter is a group of volunteers who dedicate our time to accomplish the awareness of POW/MIA. They are a non-profit organization, comprised of active duty and retired military personnel, domestic engineers, the clergy, accountants, teachers, contractors, business leaders and yes, a former Prisoner of War from the Korean era. We collaborate our efforts to ensure the approximately 82,000 who remain unaccounted for from prior conflicts and wars, are Not Forgotten. Contrary to popular belief. Rolling Thunder is not a motorcycle organization but uses motorcycles as a means to get attention and ensure history will not repeat itself.
HOW YOUR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The POW/MIA flag is the only other National flag, second to the American Flag. It is an outward symbol and reminder of those who have not yet returned. It is the unspoken promise to the families of loved ones who remain behind, they are Not Forgotten. As of today, through the generosity of local businesses and private donations, all Houston County High Schools fly the POW/MIA flag on a daily basis. Currently, there are over 30 businesses within Houston County that fly the POW/MIA flag as well.
Rolling Thunder GA-3’s (RTGA-3) program is simple: We ask each business in Houston County to fly the POW/MIA flag daily. Purchased through Rolling Thunder GA-3, each U.S. and POW/MIA flag cost is $40 (3×5 size) or $50 (4×6 size). RTGa-3 also asks businesses to donate/purchase additional flags for all county schools. It takes roughly 6 flags per school per year to support. Schools receive all POW/MIA flags free.
STORY OF THE POW/MIA FLAG
THE RIDE HOME | SEPTEMBER 15-17
During the weekend of 15-17 September 2017, Warner Robins will host “The Ride Home”. Over 200 former POW’s (from WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars) along with family members of MIA soldiers from across the country, will be in attendance. Our goal is to have not only businesses to display the POW/MIA flag, but all the major streets display the US and POW/MIA flags at each intersection in Warner Robins. Individual residences are also encouraged to participate.
In Honor of those who are unable to dine with family, we encourage restaurants to display the “Missing Man Table.” We ask those who are inclined, to display a POW/MIA decal on window entrance of their establishment. We honor those who have sacrificed unselfishly and want to show our appreciation for such by embracing them as they honor us with their presence.
GET IN TOUCH
For more information about Rolling Thunder GA-3 and displaying a POW/MIA flag at your business or residence, please contact Rita Starnes-Tinney, Public Relations, Rolling Thunder GA-3, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-319-4333.Contact Rolling Thunder Follow Rolling Thunder on Facebook