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Mission Statement

To reach as many people as we can with this event. In doing so, we hope to instill and renew the true meaning of Memorial Day

To succeed, you need to draw attention to your event. Believe me, when you take hundreds of motorcycles on a 65 mile ride across 5 counties  non-stop  start to finish, it draws attention. Local television networks, newspapers and radio all come to see the event. That’s when you get to tell them what Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride is all about. Thanks to our Sponsors and our participants we were seen and heard from Washington D.C. to Florida last year.

The event’s opening ceremony starts at 10:00 A.M. in Sevierville, TN. It consists of Patriotic singing, guest speakers, an appearance by an American Bald Eagle, placing a wreath at the Veteran’s Monument and Taps marks the beginning of this event. The police escorted ride leaves, rain or shine, at 11:00 A.M. Once all of the motorcycles have arrived at Veteran’s Overlook on top of Clinch Mountain in Grainger County, the closing ceremony will begin. Posting Colors, Patriotic music, placing of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute followed by Taps will conclude the event.

This is a non-profit event, so no one makes any money. All of the people who help with this event are volunteers. However, there are expenses in making this a successful event.  The money made from selling t-shirts, patches and sponsorships the previous year starts the process for the next year’s event.  The money is used to purchase fresh flower wreaths, port-a-potties, advertising, decorations, t-shirts, patches,    permit fees and other services for the event.

Contact us at: www.rongiddis@smokymountainthunder.net

We are so excited about 2015 Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride. We are showing a movie in the streets of downtown Sevierville on May 23rd with the area closed to vehicle traffic, motorcycles only. The movie will begin at dusk. Area shops will be open so everyone can see what our great downtown Sevierville has to offer. The movie is “Last Ounce of Courage” about Freedom, Faith and Family. The star of the movie, Marshall Teague, will be here to present and talk about the movie. Marshall will also be riding in the Memorial Ride the next day carrying the Navy flag for which he is retired from the Navy. We are so Honored to be able to have him at our event. He was born in Newport, Tn., so he is HOME GROWN!!! More details to come .

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