May 30, 2018
Hundreds of bikers, many military veterans, line up in front of Jimmy’s Old Town in Herndon early Sunday morning, May 27, 2018, of Memorial Day weekend. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern (JOTT), owned by Jimmy Cirrito, hosts the Tavern's Memorial Day Weekend Bash with their own Rolling Thunder Ride into the District of Columbia, one day before the official 31st annual Rolling Thunder Ride on Monday, Memorial Day. Earlier that morning before the ride, JOTT hosted members of the Save the Sheepdog Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in Reston, created to fund research for suicide prevention for vets and first responders. Organizers told the gathered crowd at JOTT that statistics show that every day, twenty veterans and ten first responders are killing themselves. For every one suicide, there are another 25 attempts. Their newly founded foundation, Save the Sheepdog, is the first of its kind dedicated to suicide prevention for veterans and first responders through funding research and therapy. To learn more or to donate, visit Facebook Save the Sheepdog Foundation.