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Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Indiana Chapter One

On September 15th and 16th, Rolling Thunder Indiana and the Indianapolis POW/MIA Council will celebrate National POW/MIA Recognition Day by honoring our Service Members that were former POWs, those that are still Missing in Action (MIA), and their family members. Both events are open to the public.

WATCHFIRE CEREMONY
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

The Watchfire is centuries old and had its origins in our country during the American Revolutionary War for independence. It is symbolic as a beacon, a guiding light for those service members who did not return home. It burns brightly so their spirits may see this light and know the love and respect we carry in our hearts for their sacrifice. The flame is an eternal symbol of our collective memory as a nation, born from ideals of freedom and honor.

Our Nation still have over 81,000 Service Members that remain unaccounted for since WWII, with over 1,700 from Indiana. The Watchfire ceremony is to honor those that remain missing and to comfort and support the families whose beloved family member is still Missing In Action.


Flame of Hope

Youth groups participated in the 2021 program.

Field of Flags

Over 1,700 Flags were posted.

The program will be at the Indiana War Memorial located at 431 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. The program will start at approximately 7:30PM


POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY ESCORT
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

Rolling Thunder® Indiana will escort our Former Prisoner of War and Family Members of those that are still Missing in Action from the Fort Harrison Veterans Center to the Indiana War Memorial. Following the escort, we will participate in the POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony sponsored by the Indianapolis POW/MIA Recognition Day Council at the Indiana War Memorial downtown Indianapolis.


The staging area will be at the IVY Tech parking lot across the street from the Fort Harrison Veterans Center. Please follow the directions of the parking attendants when you enter the parking lot. After you park your motorcycle, walk over to the Veterans Center to register and sign a waiver form.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will escort the group from the Veterans Center to the Indiana War Memorial downtown Indianapolis and end on Michigan Street.  Upon completion of the ride, riders are welcome to attend the POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony or depart the area.

 Cost:  Free, but donations are welcomed.

Primary POC: Mike Clark, Email: mike.clark@indianarollingthunder.com or 317-991-3085
Secondary POC: Greg Thompson, Email: wgthome@aol.com or 317-691-5109

Staging Information 

Staging Location: Fort Harrison Veterans Center, 9450 East 59th Street Indianapolis, IN 46216.
Staging and Registration: 08:00 - 10:00
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 - 10:45
Departure Time: 11:00

Opening Ceremony Program Information

10:00 - 10:05 Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance.
10:05 - 10:10 Invocation, and Opening Remarks.
10:10 - 10:45 Introduction of Special Guest.
10:45 - 11:00 Benediction, and Prepare for Departure.
11:00 Depart to the Indiana War Memorial escorted by IMPD.

Please Preregister for the event. Copy of Flyer and Registration form can be downloaded by clicking on the below links.

Flyer:  POW-MIA Recognition Day Escort Flyer

Registration Form: POW-MIA Recognition Day Escort Registration Form



Linda J. Smith-Cope Scholarship

Linda Joette Smith-Cope was the sister of SFC Ronald E. Smith, who served in Vietnam and become missing and unaccounted for on November 28, 1970 while on a mission near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Linda was passionate and dedicated her entire life to finding out the details surrounding the mission, and the whereabouts of her beloved brother.

Unfortunately, Linda suddenly passed away in June 2019 due to medical complications. This scholarship is to honor Linda’s spirit, and not only to remember her brother Ronald E. Smith, but all those that have yet to come home to family and friends from all past wars.

A $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded to a Covington Community High School graduating senior seeking a higher education at an accredited College, University, or Trade School. The essay subject for 2022 was on The History of United States Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA).

This year recipient of the Linda Smith-Cope scholarship was Vivian Jacobs. Vivian will continue her education at Hanover College in Hanover Indiana. 

Vivian receiving her award from the Rolling Thunder® Indiana Chapter One Scholarship Committee at the Covington High School graduation ceremony. Congratulations to Vivian for a job well done.


Rolling Thunder® Mission Statement

“The major function of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is to publicize POW-MIA issues. To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all past wars and to help correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of War-Missing In Action. We are also committed to helping American veterans from all wars.”

Indiana has over 1,731 Warfighters still listed as unaccounted-for since WWII. The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Indiana Chapter 1 mission is not over until all of our missing are accounted for.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc Indiana Chapter One
POW*MIA Chairs of Honor

The placement of these special chairs are in honor of those who answered the call to duty and have yet to return to family and home, who are listed among the Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA).
 
They will be a beacon to all that see them to remind them that freedom isn’t free and to never forget the sacrifices, and hardships that our POWs and MIAs have endured in the defense of our freedom, and the sacrifices, and hardships that our Military Service Members endure every day in defense of this great Nation.
 
These special Chairs of Honor are physical symbols of the 82,000 American Service Members who are listed as Unaccounted-For Nationwide since WWII.

Indiana alone has 1,505 MIAs from WWII, 172 from the Korean War, and 51 from the Vietnam War.

 
These Chairs of Honor are reserved as a seat of honor that THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN”.

Click on the picture for more details on the specific Chair of Honor.

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated November 2, 2014

Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Chair is located in section 423


POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated January 11, 2016
 
Indiana State House
 
200 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204


POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated May 26, 2016

Indiana War Memorial
431 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
 
POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated November 19, 2016

Indiana Farmers Coliseum
1202 E 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205


POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated April 1, 2017

Coachman Restaurant
6112 Cambridge Way 
Plainfield, IN 46168

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated May 25, 2017

Indianapolis International Airport
7800 Col H Weir Cook Mem Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Chair is located in Baggage Claim Next to the USO

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated November 12, 2017


Bankers Life Field House
125 S Pennsylvania St,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated July 1, 2018

Covington Court House
301 4th Street COURTHOUSE
Covington IN 47932
 

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated November 9, 2018

  Indiana Military Veterans
Hall of Fame
 East 56th Street and Herbert Lord Road
Lawrence, IN

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated September 7, 2019

Grissom Air Museum
1000 West Hoosier Boulevard
Peru, IN 46970

POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated September 15, 2019

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
1415 Msh North Gate Road
Madison, IN 47250


POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated September 19, 2019

Plainfield High School
1 Red Pride Drive
Plainfield, IN 46168


POW*MIA Chair of Honor
Dedicated December 22, 2021

Disabled American Veterans Headquarters
170 Airport Pkwy Ste A
Greenwood, IN 46143
Rolling Thunder® Indiana Chapter One considers the dedication of these special Chairs of Honor as part of our mission in bringing awareness to the public about our Nation’s POWs and MIAs and to remind the family members of these Heroes that their loved one will not be forgotten.

Rolling Thunder® Indiana Chapter One is a nonprofit organization and relies on donations from Sponsors and Individuals to have the necessary funds to carry on with our POW/MIA mission and special projects like the POW*MIA Chairs of Honor.

If you feel that are mission is important, and needs to carry on, please consider being a sponsor or make an in-kind donation. Please click on the below URL to get the details on our sponsorship program.

President

Message from the President

Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. The above mission statement tells you what Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Indiana Chapter 1 is all about.  Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Indiana Chapter 1 is a group of American Citizens - Veterans and non-Veterans - that have a strong belief that there are still several unresolved Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) cases from all past wars that need to be fully investigated, especially Vietnam.

Some people are under the impression that Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is a Motorcycle Club. Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is not a motorcycle club, but a group of Veterans and non-Veterans that help bring awareness to the public that we still have War-Fighters that have not come home and they must NOT be Forgotten. Some of us ride Motorcycles because they make noise and get people’s attention. Once we get their attention, we can tell them about our POW/MIA mission and what the Chapter is doing to help our Indiana War-Fighters and Veterans.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. has four Chapters within Indiana. All four Chapters are involved in bringing awareness to the public about POWs, MIAs, and helping our Indiana Veterans in need.

Rolling Thunder® Indiana uses several tools to help bring awareness to the public. Some of these tools include, the Missing Man Table ceremony, the Roll Call ceremony, the Indiana POW/MIA License Plate, POW/MIA Flag Raising Ceremonies, and the POW*MIA Chair of Honor displays.

Rolling Thunder® Indiana Chapter 1 has installed POW*MIA Chairs of Honor in multiple venues throughout Indiana. The purpose of these special Chairs of Honor is remind the public that not all of our War-Fighters have come home and they MUST NOT be FORGOTTEN. They also send a message to the love ones of our POWs and MIAs that their love one will not be forgotten. We hope to install many more of these special Chairs of Honor throughout Indiana. Listed above are the POW*MIA Chairs of Honor that the Chapter has dedicated to date. If you would like to have a POW*MIA Chair of Honor in your venue, please contact me at the below email address.

The Indiana POW/MIA License Plate is another important tool that Rolling Thunder® Indiana has to help bring awareness to the public about our POWs and MIAs. 100% of the proceeds collected from the sale of the POW/MIA License Plate is deposited into the Indiana Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF), which is used to provide our Indiana War-Fighters, Veterans, and their families a helping hand when needed. The Indiana POW/MIA License Plate is available through the Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV). Please ask for the POW/MIA License Plate the next time you visit the BMV.

The Chapter is very active with our POW/MIA mission and I hope that you will consider attending one of our Chapter meetings to see what we are all about. Please take a few minutes and scroll down the menu bar to the left of the webpage for more information on our Chapter. Our Chapter Calendar of Events is located under the Chapter Activities menu, or you can click on the below Link.

Again, thank you for visiting our web site and I hope to see you at our next Chapter meeting.


Michael Clark
Rolling Thunder®, Inc., Indiana Chapter 1
President
mike.clark@indianarollingthunder.com



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