ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/LINDEN, NJ - Residents came out to see the hundreds of motorcycles crowded into Warinanco Park on Sunday morning before the ride down to the Veteran's Memorial in Holmdel, NJ.
The motorcycle ride organized by the Rolling Thunder's Chapter Two gathers in the park every fall to take the twenty-five-mile ride to raise awareness that in every war fought, there are those who were left behind as Prisoners of War (POW's) or go missing in action (MIA).
There are more than 2,300 New Jersey residents who are still unaccounted-for from World War II to the Vietnam War and the more than 82,000 service members nationwide whose families still wait for answers since World War II.
“We have a responsibility to our servicemen and women to live up to a promise – a promise to leave no one behind. But that is exactly what our government has done over the past 78 years. We have not accounted for the lives of tens of thousands of men and women who went off to fight our wars never to be heard from again. That’s tens of thousands of families with no answers, who continue to seek answers and sit and wait for our government to find those answers,” said Charles Webster, of Mount Laurel and President of Rolling Thunder®, Inc., New Jersey Chapter 2.
“The 24th Annual Ride for Freedom is focused on highlighting those service members who continue to be unaccounted-for and sends a strong message to the families of the missing that we will never forget,” Webster added.
The demonstration route took riders through the streets of Roselle, Rahway, Linden, Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, and Old Bridge before getting on the Garden State Parkway to access the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
“The missing can’t speak for themselves so Rolling Thunder®, Inc. and thousands of riders will collectively speak for them,” Webster said.
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