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The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island will host the Florida Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom event this weekend, headlined by a Sunday morning?patriotic parade ranging from the Pineda Causeway northward to Cape Canaveral.
Nearly 40,000 motorcycles are expected at the event Memorial Day weekend,?said Lance Armstrong, Florida chairman of the XXXIII Ride for Freedom.
The?COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s Ride for Freedom, so Rolling Thunder?dispersed the national event to a series of smaller state-level rallies, including the one rolling through Brevard this Sunday.? ?
Here’s what we know about Rolling Thunder and this weekend’s Ride for Freedom and Thunder to the Ocean:?
Lots of bikes:Brevard residents should prepare for Rolling Thunder motorcycle-packed roadways Sunday
Rolling Thunder is an annual rally honoring American prisoners of war and troops missing in action. It?drew a throng of roughly 1.7 million motorcyclists to Washington, D.C. in 2019.?
Rolling Thunder’s annual ride debuted in 1988, when about 2,500 motorcyclists participated in a protest in Washington, D.C., demanding that the U.S. government account for POWs and MIAs.
There are more than 90 chapters of Rolling Thunder throughout the U.S. and overseas.? Based on Merritt Island, Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 1 is partnering with the county veterans center to host events this weekend. The Sunshine State’s other Rolling Thunder chapters are based in?Fleming Island,?Holder, Middleburg,?Naples,?Ormond Beach and Port St. Lucie
Get ready for the rumble:Rolling Thunder organizers expect up to 40,000 motorcyclists to descend on Merritt Island
The Freedom Ride XXXIII rally is at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 30 at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Park. Kickstand up at 10 a.m. for Thunder to the Ocean.
4 to?7:30 p.m.:?Rider registration at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral. Cost is?$20,?and participants receive a patch and pin.
7:15 p.m.:?Blessing of the bikes at?Fishlips.
9 p.m.:?Candlelight vigil featuring Gold Star families at Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, 400 Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island.?Patriot Guard Riders will display a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica wall and?Global War on Terrorism wall.?
8 a.m.:?Thunder Alley festival begins at the veterans center and adjacent 82-acre park?with rider registration, entertainment, food, vendors and more. Admission is free, and the public is invited.?Seed and Vintage will headline the musical stage.
8 a.m.:?Riders rally at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Park
10 a.m.: Kickstand up for Thunder to the Ocean.Tag: war thunder