The sound of thousands of motorcycles will return to Washington, D.C., on Remembrance Day weekend for a series of commemorations of prisoners of war and missing persons, with comedian John Stewart and other defenders who will talk about the burning pits issue.
A release by the AMVEC Veterans Service, which has pledged to suspend annual Rolling Thunder County trips, says the new Rolling To Remember rally will also call for action to prevent veterans’ suicides.
“The message will be clear all weekend,” the AMVEC release said. “We will never forget our prisoners of war and the Interior Ministry, and we will not stop fighting for real solutions to the suicide crisis.”
From the site at the RFK Stadium parking lot, about two miles east of the U.S. Capitol, the schedule envisions a “blessing of bicycles” on Friday, May 27, at Washington National Cathedral. This will be followed by a “Pass the PACT” rally with reference to Congressional legislation seeking to provide greater medical benefits for veterans exposed to RFK pits on Saturday; Stewart will be present at the event.
Stewart, who called for 9/11 to be the first to react to toxic fumes from the collapse of the World Trade Center, took up the case of veterans exposed to burning pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.