Rolling Thunder, IL-2
Illinois Freedom Run
Saturday, 18 June 2016
OPERATIONS ORDER 2016-9
The Mission of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run Organization is to show our brave servicemen and women and their families that we support them and to honor fallen heroes. The Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run event, every 3rd Saturday in June, is lined with Americans waving American flags and paying tribute. Tens of thousands of participants make their way to Marseilles to be involved in this celebration of freedom.
The first memorial we erected was in the small town of St Anne, Illinois. the hometown of Capt. Ryan A. Beaupre, one of Illinois first casualties in the war against terror. The IMFR donated memorials to all of the veteran homes and hospitals in the state of Illinois in honor of all our veterans, past and present. We have assisted many of our fallen heroes children with funds for their education in hopes that through it they will learn to diplomatically resolve their problems.
On June 19th, 2004, a granite memorial wall was dedicated commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. This, is the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois. The project was built with donated material and labor and is the first of its kind in the history of the United States to give honor to our fallen by name while a conflict is ongoing. It took 20 years to honor our Vietnam veterans and almost 60 years to honor our World War II veterans. The names on the wall represent our fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, USS Cole, USS Stark, terrorist attacks in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.
I. THIS IS AN ANNUAL EVENT 3RD SAT IN JUNE FOR OVER 10 YEARS NOW. THOUSANDS OF MOTORCYCLE AND FAMILYS MAKE THERE WAY TO MARSELLIES IL TO THIS EVENT WHICH HONORS ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT GAVE MADE THE ULTMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM
II. WE WILL MEET IND CHAPTER #1 AND IL CHAPTER #1 AND RIDE DOWN TO GRUNDY FAIR GROUNDS IN MORRIS IL WHERE RIDE WILL START AND GO TO MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS WALL IN MARSELLIS IL
III. IL CHAPTER #2 WILL MEET AT RT 22 & RT14 SHELL STATIONIN FOX RIVER GROVE 0700HRS
KSU AT 0715 TO RIDE TO YORKVILLE IL RT 47 &71 TO MEET IL#1 AT 0900HRS
AT 0930HRS WILL ALL HEAD DOWN TO GRUNDY FAIR GROUNDS IN MORRIS IL WERE WE STAGE FOR THE RUN THAT IS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE AT 1015HRS AND ARRIVE AT MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS WALL MARSEILLES IL
CERMIONIES TO START AT 1300HRS
THIS WILL BE AN ALL DAY EVENT AT GRUNDY FAIR GROUNDS YOU ARE INVITED TO STAY AND JOIN THE CELEBRATION
JIM PURCELL WILL BE ROAD CAPTIAN
LINE OF ORDER WILL BE DETERMINED AT SAFTY BRIEFING
UNIFORM: BLACK PANTS HATS AND VESTS
I WILL NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO PARTICAPATE IN THIS EVEN NO LATER THEN JUNE 14TH
MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AND
RIDE TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT
1. David Whiteside, President, (815) 404-6904
2. Jim Purcell, Treasurer (847) 867-7160
3. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Board Chairman,