FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tina Casey, (908) 527-4346


Union County to Host Rolling Thunder Route
Event honors POWs/MIAs


Elizabeth – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Ride for Freedom XIII will start its route in Warinanco Park on Sunday morning, September 21. Ride for Freedom is a group motorcycle ride to raise public awareness of POWs/MIAs and veterans’ issues.

Ride for Freedom XIII is sponsored by New Jersey Chapter 2 of Rolling Thunder, Inc. and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, Inc.

“Union County welcomes all of the participants in Ride for Freedom XIII to Warinanco Park,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “We are very proud to host the start of this event, and we support this effort to keep the memory of our POWs and MIAs alive.”

Warinanco Park will serve as the staging area for the rain-or-shine procession. Approximately 4,000 riders are expected to participate. Park users are advised to plan for additional traffic during the morning of Sunday, September 21.

The motorcyclists will start to gather in the park at 8:00 a.m. near the skating rink. At 11:00 a.m. they will begin to proceed out of the park and ride south on St. George’s Avenue.  Their destination is the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.

A helicopter escort is part of the event. The helicopter is expected to arrive at Warinanco Park at approximately 9:30 a.m.

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