May 30, 2018
Over the Memorial Day weekend in 2018, on Sunday, May 27, the POW/MIA flag flies in front of the Town Hall in Herndon. Congress passed a public law in 1990 designating the POW/MIA flag: "The symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia." As hundreds of motorcyclists and military veterans rolled out of Herndon Sunday, nearly all part of Rolling Thunder that would ride into the District of Columbia the next day for the 31st annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, many wore POW/MIA patches on their leather. Earlier many veterans present at the JOTT Memorial Day Bash, shared that for them they remember not only veterans killed in service, those still missing and not accounted for, but also the challenges facing veterans today, especially the high rate of suicides.