Why I Ride – Kory “Mikey’s Dad” Thompson

“We all have our own reasons to join up with a group and ride or ride out on our own for Rolling Thunder. Mine are not so different from many others who choose to make the trek eastward to Washington, DC.  This will be the 5th time for me to make the run and since meeting Michael and John, as well as following their ride on social media, I’ve wanted to make the run with them alongside the ‘Pack!’

Of course I ride in support of Rolling Thunder and their attempts to keep the POW/MIA issues at the forefront. I also ride in support of all Veterans, especially those WIA/KIA who deserve so much more than we are currently providing for them; however, there is an additional reason to ride this year and that’s in support of The Jillian Fund. I always look forward to these rides and love riding with groups who put these issues above themselves.

For me, it also presents an opportunity to visit my father’s gravesite at Arlington.  As a WWII and Korean War vet, he passed this life in 1971 and is buried in section 54. To go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watch in awe the men and women with the 3rd ID watching over that Tomb is an experience everybody should see, and of course to ride down Pennsylvania Ave. while flying my son, Michael’s Honor and Remember flag from my bike as every mile of every ride is ultimately dedicated to those I love who are no longer with us.”

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