SIU Planning Participation in Rolling Thunder 2010

May 2010

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For the second straight year, Seafarers, SIU officials and family members are planning to participate in the annual “Rolling Thunder” event in Washington, D.C.

This year’s demonstration is scheduled for May 30 in the nation’s capital.

Rank-and-file Seafarers, SIU retirees, union employees and family members who may be interested in riding their motorcycles during the May 30 event as part of an SIU contingent are asked to email their contact information to the following address as soon as possible: pvandegrift@seafarers.org

Rolling Thunder is both an event and an incorporated, nonprofit organization. The yearly demonstration, mostly by motorcycle riders, is designed to call attention to POW/MIAs and veterans’ issues. Upwards of a half-million individuals rode on May 24, 2009. That total included a small but enthusiastic SIU group on hand to honor all veterans but particularly to increase awareness about those who served our country on merchant vessels during times of war.

“We really enjoyed participating last year,” said SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel, who headed the union’s 2009 group. “It’s for a good cause and it’s also a way for the SIU to raise awareness of the U.S. Merchant Marine’s efforts dating back all the way to the founding of our nation. Our hope is to have a greater number of participants this year.”

The exact route to be taken by the SIU group is still being determined, but the plan is to meet at the Paul Hall Center in Piney Point, Md., and proceed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

More information is available on the web at www.rollingthunder1.com


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