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Rolling Thunder, Chapter One TN

Any events or event information that should be on the Calendar should be sent

to the web master by e-mail ( Tom Oakley ).


Tues. 19th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M.

Sun. 24th Monthly meeting reschudled due to bad weather.

Sun.31th. Due to the recent bad weather and schedule conflicts this weekend, the January Membership Meeting is cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience!


Tues. 16th . Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M.

Sun. 28th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.

MARCH 2016

Tues. 08th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sun. 13th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.

Monthly meeting changed due to Easter and meeting room conflicts. thanks

Tues. 22nd. Tennessee soldiers memorial to visit Gallatin This should be an excellent exhibit!

A memorial of Tennessee servicemen killed in the War on Terror will be in Gallatin later this month.
The travelling memorial honors 124 people killed while wearing a uniform in the war zone. It will be on display at the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the week of March 21.
Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin will host the memorial the week of March 28, beginning at 2 p.m. that day and ending at noon April 1 at the Wood Campus Building at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The sponsor of the memorial is Vol State Student Veterans of America.
Titled “Remembering Our Fallen,” the memorial includes military and personal photographs of each of Tennessee's fallen serviceman. Omaha, Neb.-based non-profit Patriotic Productions created the series and organizers plan to complete a memorial for every state. The 18 memorials completed so far represent half of the nation's fallen killed during military service since Sept. 11, 2001.
“We must remember these American heroes and speak their names when we see their family members,” memorial co-creator Bill Williams said. “We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom. While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living to help the families in their grief while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.”
The financial sponsor of the memorial is Bellevue University, a private, non-profit school in Bellevue, Nebraska. Founded in 1966, Bellevue University has been a military-friendly school for 45 years and offers courses in 55 foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Reach Dessislava Yankova at or at 615-575-7170. Follow her on Twitter @desspor.I will be going to see it on Tuesday, March 22nd. Probably leave the VFW around 1000, get some lunch and then go see the exhibit. Anyone wanting to go let me know. Thanks!
Jay Barnes, President

Thurs. 24th. Upcoming job fair in Murfreesboro at the Alvin C. York Medical Center , for Veterans and Spouse. Click here for flyer

Sat. 26th. Chris Oakley will lead the group from the VFW to this on Saturday, March 26th, KSU at 1100. The CMA puts on a great event with the bike blessing and lunch provided. It's usually a great time! Thanks Chris! click here for flyer

Sat. 26th. We will meet at the VFW starting at 2 pm for a 2:45 departure to go visit Mr Coop, a Viet Nam veteran who lives at 302 Carter Street in Smyrna, to help him celebrate his 84th birthday. For those who weren't at the March meeting, Mr Coop's son-in-law Mitch is a professional fishing guide. Mitch told me this morning he will hold a drawing for a guided fishing trip tomorrow for the people who come. Hope to see everyone tomorrow!



APRIL 2016

Sat. 2nd. POWMIA Chair of Honor Ceremony click here for flyer

Sat. 9th. Welcome home Vietnam Veterans at Charlie Daniels Park. see flyer for details

Sat. 16th. On Saturday, April 16th, at 11 am, the town of Linden, TN, will honor one of their own by dedicating a street memorial to PFC Dennis C. Sharpe, USMC, KIA in Viet Nam. Tennessee 1 will depart the Smyrna VFW at 8:30 am Saturday to travel to the ceremony. see attached picture for sign

Tues. 19th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sun. 24th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.

Fri-Sat. 29th-30th. 5th Annual Women Veterans Summit. Click here for flyer details


MAY 2016

May 3rd. May is Mental Health Month. see flier for details

Wed. 4th. Do you have a question about Agent Orange . click here for flyer details.

Tues. 10th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sat. 14th. Just a reminder, the 4th annual Honor Ride for Vets is May 14, 2016 at the Ward Ag. Center in Lebanon, TN.  Registration starts at 8 am and kickstands up at 10:30 am.  Because of construction please use the Peyton Road Gate.  The Vietnam Veterans of America will be directing traffic and helping with the parking.  As usual we will have music food and door prizes. Come ride with us and bring a friend.  I have attached a poster with all the information. click here for flyer

Sun. 15th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy

Wed. 18th. Attached are two flyers regarding an event to be held at the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro next Wednesday, May 18th, from 11 am to 1 pm. It is a 2 kilometer walk with the patients at the hospital to help raise awareness about our homeless veterans. There is also a list of items they will be collecting for the homeless veterans. see fliers here

Fri. 20th. Carry The Load is a non-profit organization helping people celebrate Memorial Day by restoring the meaning and purpose of Memorial Day. Carry The Load, a 2000 mile cross-country event that wll travel through La Vergne on May 20th, 2016, wants to unite Americans in a walk to honor those who have fallen-veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue, citizens, and volunteers- to "carry the load" for those who have and those who can no longer. see detail flyer

Fri. 20th. THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED TILL JUNE 3RD.Flag Retirement Wilson Cty Ag center.Since the weather reports are calling for rain this Friday evening we have a rain date for the ceremony. If raining in Lebanon on Friday evening it will be held on Friday June 3 same time and same location. click here for details

Wed. 25th. Attached is an aerial view map of the staging area to meet the Traveling Wall to escort to the National Cemetery. Escort will take place on Wednesday, May 25th. The Wall is scheduled to be there at 3pm. If you plan to take part in the escort, please let me know. see map

Thurs. 26th. Your Host: Freinds of Gold Star Families. A few months ago the MEPS leadership shared their desire to have a Hall of Heroes to honor all of the service members who enlisted through that office and lost their lives during their service to our country. A group of Friends of Gold Star Families took on the project. On May 26, 2016,we will celebrate the dedication of the Hall of Heroes . Click here fore invitation

What: Hall of Heroes Dedication

Military Entrance Processing Station
Where: 20 Bridgestone Park
When: Nashville, TN 37214

May 26th 2016, 1 PM


Fri. 27th. It has come to my attention that the opening ceremony for the Vietnam traveling wall at the National Cemetery in Madison , will be at 1000 Friday 27 May instead of at 1400 which had been previously posted. Hope this does not inconvenience anyone and you can come to the opening ceremony. The escort is still on Wed 25th.

Sat. 28th. See the attached flyers with information about Memorial Day weekend events in DC. fliers

Mon. 30th. Announcement letter and hotel info for the 2016 Rolling Thunder in DC. click here for flier

Mon. 30th. PLEASE JOIN VETERANS, AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT VETERANS, on A RIDE TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THE FREEDOMS WE ALL ENJOY(not a charity ride and no money will be collected) click here to see flyer for details

JUNE 2016

Fri. 3rd.Visitation for Mr King will be Friday, June 3rd, from 4-8 pm at the Woodlawn Funeral Home, 600 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN, 37204. We will be standing casket honor guard during visitation. The group will leave the VFW at 3pm Friday to go to Woodlawn. Black pants, long sleeve white shirts, and vests. If you are able to participate, please contact Chris Oakley and let him know. Chris 615-542-0437

Sat. 4th. Services will be Saturday, June 4th, at 2:30 pm. We will leave the VFW Saturday at 1:15 to go to the funeral home. Black pants, white long-sleeve shirts and vests.

Fri. 3rd. Flag Retirement Wilson Cty Ag center.Since the weather reports are calling for rain this Friday evening we have a rain date for the ceremony. If raining in Lebanon on Friday evening it will be held on Friday June 3 same time and same location. click here for details

Fri. 17th. Ens. Pride remains will arrive in Nashville this Friday, June 17th, at 9:56 am at the terminal on Donelson Pike. We need to be there by 0915. The escort will be from the terminal to Harris Funeral Home in Madisonville, KY. Google maps puts it at 105 miles from Nashville to Madisonville. Dress will be long sleeve white shirt, black pants and vest. . See news release here

Sat. 18th. Ens. Pride Funeral will be at 10 am. KSU at 0730 on Saturday from the Smyrna VFW. Dress for both days will be long sleeve white shirts, black pants and vests.

Tues. 21st. Upcoming event to benefit Operation Stand Down Tennessee at the Stones River Country Club on June 21st. Ticket prices are as follows:
Reception, dinner and speaker program starting at 5:30 pm   $75
Dinner and speaker program starting at 6:30 pm    $50
Speaker program only starting around 7 pm             $35 see flyer here

Tues. 21st. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sat. 25th. Upcoming yard sale to benefit two local veterans. Please help any way you can. see flyers here

Sun. 26th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.

JULY 2016

Tues. 19th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sat. 23rd. Attached is the flyer for the Operation Adopt A Hero ride we are leading on July 23rd. Registration starts at 0830 with KSU at 1000. We will meet at Bumpus Harley Davidson that morning. Please be there not later than 9:30 am! See flyer here

Sun. 24th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.


Tues. 16th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sun. 28th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.


Wed.7th-Sun. 11. What: Marine Week Nashville
        When: September 7-11
       Where: Downtown Nashville
        More information: Nashville will welcome more than 700 Marines this September for the Corps' annual Marine Week celebration.
Featuring performances from the Marine Corps Band and displays of its latest technology, aircraft and other vehicles, the showcase from September 7-11 will offer a number of chances for the public to get familiar with the service branch."We're going to bring so many aspects of the Marine Corps, some you probably didn’t even know wehad,"saidTracey 
Campbell, operations manager for Marine Week. "There will be a silent drill platoon, the band will be out, along with a mounted color guard.
"Everything that you might not have known the Marine Corps does, we're going to showcase that."
Each day will begin at 6 a.m. with a reveille, or bugle call, and conclude at 10 p.m. with the playing of taps. 
Throughout the day, Marines will conduct demonstrations around town as well as daily workouts and community 
service projects the public is welcome to join.Marine Week was in Phoenix last year. Campbell said they assemble a committee each year to select which 
city "could do the best to showcase the Marine Corps" and selected Nashville for this year. The event is the Marines' largest annual community event.
Butch Spyridon, head of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., said the city's selection this year is a 
"testament" to its appeal."We have been extremely proud to work with organizers on bringing this prestigious event to Nashville," 
Spyridon said. "On every level, this is a testament to the appeal of the city and a great honor."One event, the Marine, Air and Ground Task Force demonstration, will take place on the Cumberland River and feature land, air and water vehicles. The demonstration, Campbell said, will show how versatile the Marines can be.
"The Marine Corps is the only branch that’s amphibious," Campbell said. "People will see amphibious vehicles in the water and at the same time will see Marines on land and in helicopters."The following vehicles will be on hand throughout the week:
        HMMWV Hummer
        AAV P7 Assault Amphibious Vehicle
        MV22 Osprey Helicopter
        MTVR (7-Ton Truck) Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement
       LAV 25 Light Armored Vehicle 
       CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopter 
        MIA1 Abrams TankM777 Howitzer Cannon
        M777 Howitzer CannonHIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System)
        HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System)Marine Corps Systems Command (latest combat gear and equipment)
Marine Corps Systems Command (latest combat gear and equipment)

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, whose father served in the Marines, said she was "honored" to welcome the 
Marines to Nashville for a week.
"Events like Marine Week are great for Nashville, not only because they generate revenue for local businesses 
and Metro Government, but also because the greatest advertising tool we have as a city is word of mouth," 
Barry said in a statement. "The more people who get to experience all that our city has to offer, the more likely 
they are to go back home and tell their friends and family about what a great time they had in Nashville."
The events will take place around downtown Nashville so those attending can get from one to another easily, Campbell said. The week's opening ceremony will take place at Public Square Park on September 7.

Sat.10th. 14th annual Wings of Freedom fish fry and car show. The years honories are Desert Storm Veterans. Here is a link to their web site

Fri. 16th. The great American giveaway. see flyer here

Sat.17th . Lavergne Old Timers day parade and booth set up in the Veterans park.

Sat. 17th .Take a Vet Fishing Tournament. see flier here

Tues. 20th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M

Sun. 25th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.


Sun. 9th. Vetlinx 35th Anniversary of Nashville's Star Spangled Salute to Viet Nam Veterans
11 am to 6 pm
Vietnam Veterans invite ALL military Veterans, their family, friends, and neighbors. This will be a FREE, family-friendly event (lots of activities for children and grandchildren), open to community, ALL Veterans recognized, all day entertainment.
Highlights on some of the Entertainment Scheduled for October 9th: (More information will be released in near future!)

  • Special Performance during the main ceremony of the day byOld Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Official Ceremonial Escort to the President of the United States- very special opportunity not to miss!!
  • Centennial Park will be transformed into a time machine landing zone where visitors can meet Veterans from the past at our Living History Exhibit lead by Jim Sobery who is a Vietnam Veteran.
  • Food Trucks! Have lunch with us!
  • Over 20 performers!
  • Resource Information for Veterans and their family members!
  • Prizes given away to Veterans with valid ID (VA card, Veteran organization membership card, driver license with “Veteran”, etc.)
  • Veteran Service Organizations, Vendors (arts and crafts, services, etc)

Businesses who are interested in advertisement online, printed material (i.e., Tribute Journal), radio.
Monetary donation
Anyone who would like to mail in a gift card or bring one to the event. Instructions on form for this option.
Food Trucks (Only 1 or 2 spots left! Must be registered with Metro Parks as an authorized food vendor). FEE: 1- 10x10 =$150.00. Add $25.00 for each additional 10x10 space needed.
Those who have merchandise to sell and/or are looking to promote their business. FEE:$150.00
Anyone who would like to help with the event. FEE: FREE
Chapters and Posts, VA, or 501(c)(19)
Organizations are encouraged to bring something of interest, showing what they do to serve Veterans- what would the organization like the community to know about what they do? FEE: FREE
Those who are interested in attending event in costume to portray a historical military figure. FEE: FREE
Those who wish to display military items, equipment, etc. and not planning to sell merchandiseFEE: FREE
Those interested in speaking about Veteran-related topics. FEE: FREE

Tues. 18th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M.

Sun. 23rd. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville way.

Sat. 29th. Benefit poker run for ex Rolling thunder president W.A. Satin. See details on flyer here.



Sat. 5th. Smyrna Alumni vs La Vergne Alumni football game. Bikes will leave Smyrna VFW at 4:15. see flyer here

Sat. 5th. MTSU Veterans Appreciation Day. We provide the color guard to raise the flags at the Memorial Service every year. K.S.U. from V.F.W. at 08:15 see flyer here

Sun. 6th. This is a function we have ridden in for the last four years. 
Our group of motorcycles will be very close to the front and behind the HPD Motor Corp
All bikes and riders and groups are invited to join. see flyer here

Sat. 12th. Murfresboro Alvin C. York V.A. hospital parade at 10:00

Tues.15th. Monthly closed board meeting 7:00 P.M.

Sun. 27th. Monthly membership meeting 1:00 at Smyrna V.F.W. on Old Nashville Hwy.


December 2015

Tues. 1st. Supper with the Sheriff's Dept. for less fortunate children at "Toots " on Church St. [231 south ]. Chris and I will leave the V.F.W.. AT 5:30 PM.

Sat. 5th. La Vergne has invited us to ride in their parade of lights starting at 6:00 pm. Staging at 5:00pm from La Vergne Veterans Park to La Vergne city hall. Chris Oakley will escort group from Smyrna V.F.W. leaving at 4:30 pm.

Sun. 6th. Smyrna has invited us to ride in their Christmas parade starting at 2:00 pm. Staging at 1:00 pm. from Nolan {K-Mart} to City Hall { Enon Springs }Chris Oakley will escort group from Smyrna V.F.W. leaving at 12:30 pm.

Thurs. 17th. The Vietnam Veterans of American, along with the Veterans Health Council and Renegade Radio Nashville are having a live radio broadcast on Thursday, December 17th, from 4pm-6pm at the Whiskey Rhythm Saloon in Nashville, TN.  We are inviting ALL Veteran groups in the area, including, but not limited to the VVA, VFW, American Legion, etc. We need your help to contact all the organizations in the area to make this successful.  We are having live country entertainment including: Bucky Covington, Lindsay Lawler, Bobby Cyrus.  More to come this week!  We will have free giveaways including, bags, cd's a guitar, etc. Lastly, we are having a contest for all veterans to "wear their chapter colors".  The most "decorated" will win a prize as well! This event is FREE to all veterans and their families in the area.Please see attached flier.

Sat.. 19th. Rolling Thunder Christmas party at the Smyrna V.F.W. at 6:00 PM. The Chattanooga Chapter 2 is coming to the VA to serve Christmas lunch. We have been invited to help serve . If you are interested in helping, we will meet at the Mapco at the corner of Thompson Lane and Memorial Blvd at 1000.