Indiana’s POWs, MIAs honored in ‘Ride for Freedom’ Send-off

Last Updated on May 26, 2016 by cassnetwork

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today honored and remembered Indiana’s 50 service members who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War at a ceremony hosted by the Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 1 at the Indiana War Memorial. There, the Governor offered remarks and led the first leg of the group’s 29th annual Ride for Freedom, a motorcycle ride from Indianapolis to Washington D.C., in tribute. The Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 1 send-off program included the presentation of the colors by the Jennings County High School Color Guard, a presentation of the Missing Man Table ceremony, a roll call and balloon release for those unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, and a dedication of a POW*MIA Chair of Honor in the Indiana War Memorial.

“I’m thankful to join Indiana Rolling Thunder as they take part in this proud tradition to honor the brave men and women who serve and who have served,” said Governor Pence. “I commend Indiana Rolling Thunder and all of its members for the work they continue to do on behalf of our veterans, active duty military personnel and their families.”

Also in attendance were Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, former Governor Joe Kernan, State Representative Jim Baird (R – Greencastle), Indiana War Memorials Commission Executive Director Brigadier General USAF (Ret) Stewart Goodwin, and family and friends of Indiana’s MIAs.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence

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