CALENDAR

PLEASE NOTE: All events and dates are subject to change.

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 ).




JANUARY 2016

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!


FEBRUARY 2016

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 dyankova@mtcngroup.com 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. 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

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

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

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


AUGUST 2016

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.


SEPTEMBER 2016

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.


OCTOBER 2016

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 wy.

 


NOVEMBER 2016

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.