Rockie Lynne Music & Brotherhood of Thunder

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In a recent press release it was announced that music by the popular singer-songwriter, Rockie Lynne, will be featured in the Wheels of Victory Productions “Brotherhood of Thunder: The Story of American Warriors and their Motorcycles” documentary.

Rockie Lynne, who is a veteran of the United States Army, is a board member of Rolling Thunder and the founder of the national charity, Tribute To The Troops, which is dedicated to bringing support to our Gold Star families. He has appeared nationally on “Good Morning America,” Fox News Network, ABC News and has appeared many times on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry.

As a veteran himself, Rockie Lynne relates well through his music to those who have served and to those who are currently serving. Because of his dedication to our veterans and their families combined with his passion for serving others he has aptly been dubbed ’the Voice of Veterans.’

Every year on Memorial Day weekend Rockie rides into Washington D.C. on his motorcycle to join his brothers in Rolling Thunder as they bring national attention to our POWs/MIAs. He and his band are the featured entertainment on the main stage following Rolling Thunder’s annual “Ride For Freedom” at the Lincoln Memorial.

Rockie Lynne’s collaboration with Brotherhood of Thunder will add depth to the documentary and we look forward to releasing his music within the production.

The Rolling Thunder Veteran Biking Group

The Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and incorporated in 1995 with a goal to publicize the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action (POW-MIA) issue.

The founders Artie Muller and Ray Manzo met in 1987 to share their concerns about the Prisoners of War and all the soldiers Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. As war veterans themselves, the issue was something they could relate to and they couldn’t ignore the huge number of their fellow soldiers left behind and declared dead or missing. What bugged them even more is the fact that many POW-MIAs were seen living in captivity but the government and the press have decided to ignore these reports.

Muller and Manzo felt it their duty to do something to raise public awareness about all the people who were left behind and to prevent such things from happening in the future. The first demonstration organized by Artie Muller and Ray Manzo took place in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend in 1988. Organization was spontaneous as the veterans invited their families, fellow veterans, and veteran’s advocates to gather in the capital. The roar of their motorcycles announced their arrival and the sound was similar to the 1965 bombing campaign against North Vietnam. Since the bombing campaign was named Operation Rolling Thunder, the veteran biking group also got the name Rolling Thunder®, Inc.

The Memorial Day weekend protest in 1988 gathered more than 2,500 motorcyclists from all over the US to demand a full accounting of all POW/MIA's. On that day, an annual "Ride for Freedom" was established to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall. The "Ride for Freedom" has more and more supporters every year and the numbers rose from 2,500 to 900,000.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is now an established non-profit organization whose members donate their time to raise awareness about all the American POW-MIAs and to help the veterans from all wars.

In order to become a member, you don’t have to be a veteran or even to ride a motorcycle. The organization has over 90 chapters all over the US and it also has members abroad. Members can be both men and women, young and old, with a uniting goal to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action.

The slogan of the organization is: “We Will Not Forget.” And the organization is working on achieving the set goals. Since it was founded, the Rolling Thunder veteran biking group has co- authored and advocated legislation to improve the POW/MIA issue, veterans' benefits, concerns, and interests.

Veteran Biker Patches Show Pride In Past And Present Service

The patches that veteran biker groups proudly display on their jackets, clothes, and bikes are symbols of honor. The veterans honor their past service to their country, they honor fallen service men and women as color guards for funerals, and they serve to keep the public aware of the debt of gratitude that is owed to people who risked their lives fighting for others.

The patch that any individual veteran biker group wears is usually representative of the branch of service that the group served in. Part of the patch may be a replica of a military insignia that has special meaning to the men and women that fought with that group. Many of the patches worn by veteran bikers include their country’s flag as a visual reminder of the values and ideals that these brave men and women fought for.

Some veteran biker groups include symbols that express their collective religious beliefs. Other groups opt for a traditional display that is more readily associated with “outlaw” bikers. Skulls, weapons of allkinds, and symbols that identify a state or a country are common veteran biker patches.

There is a certain etiquette involved with veteran biker patches. One does not allow their colors to touch the ground. This is a symbolic adaptation of the regulation that the flag of any nation cannot touch the ground. The demonstration of personal disrespect for a veteran biker’s patch is considered to be disrespect for their service and is often met with stern consequences.

The history of veteran biker patches combines biker history and military history. Every military unit across the world has a distinctive emblem that identifies their unit and the branch of service they belong to. Biker’s patches identified each member of a biker group.

Veteran biker groups have been honoring other veterans since the early 1920s. The popularity of veteran biker patches grew as the availability of motorcycles became more within the financial range of the common person. Some veteran biker groups number in the thousands.

Veteran biker groups and their special patches are not just a United States phenomenon although the custom and practice did begin in the U. S. Veterans from every country in the world proudly display their patches when they ride as groups or as an individual. Love of country and honoring fellow veterans knows no boundaries of race, country, or faith.

Veteran bikers are a frequent and essential reminder of the sacrifice that others have made to protect the freedoms and rights that everyone enjoys. The patch is an expression of the pride that the people who served a nation have in themselves, their unit, their club, and their country.

The patches are a teaching tool for veteran bikers. The patch shows all people what military service means and reminds them of the debt they owe to the living veteran and to the fallen.