'Rolling To Remember' sidelined by coronavirus

Julia LeDoux
April 08, 2020 - 12:58 pm

There will be no Rolling to Remember ride this year.

The event and motorcycle ride demonstration, sponsored by AMVETS, was to have taken place in Washington, D.C. on May 24.

The event, intended to fill the void left by Rolling Thunder, was expected to bring thousands of motorcyclists to the nation’s capital and was to have drawn attention to POW/MIA accountability issues and suicide prevention. 

In a tweet, AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly said the move comes as the results of restrictions placed on large crowd gatherings in the wake of the pandemic. 


“As always, the health and safety of our riders and the veteran community is our top priority,” he wrote. 

The event transitioned from Rolling Thunder to Rolling to Remember last year after the Rolling Thunder organization said it would no longer sponsor the event due to financial and other reasons. 

Instead, riders are being asked to log 22 miles on their bikes in their local communities on May 24 in the Rolling to Remember Challenge. The ride had been held on Memorial Day weekend for the past 32 years.

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