Edgetech Hosts "Rolling Thunder" with Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

August 10, 2009

On August 6, Edgetech I.G. hosted more than 1,000 motorcyclists as they began a 40-mile journey from Cambridge to Dennison, Ohio, transporting the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to its next destination. Edgetech’s facility and maintenance manager Doug Ford helped to organize the "Rolling Thunder" bike run, which attracted motorcyclists, veterans, local supporters and media.

“There are four traveling walls, and this is the second time one has passed through our area,” said Ford, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years and is a Vietnam veteran; the traveling wall held particular significance to him and fellow members of the Vietnam Veterans Association. “This one is a replica of about 60 percent of the wall in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, many veterans are unable to travel to the full wall, so this is another way for them to pay their respects for friends and relatives who died in Vietnam.”

More than 1,000 cyclists gathered at Edgetech's facilities to kick off the next leg of the
Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall's journey.

The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall departed Edgetech last Thursday afternoon with the motorcycle convoy then covering an eight-mile stretch to Dennison. According to Ford, crowds gathered all along the way to take pictures and pay their respects. 

The bike run ended in Dennison kicking off a weekend-long event. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall was sponsored by the Veterans of America Chapter 857, supported by New Philadelphia Chapter 532, Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 and was planned in conjunction with the Dennison Soldiers Homecoming Festival.

“The sound and the electricity that was in the air is indescribable,’” noted Mike Hovan, Edgetech president. “We thank Doug for helping to organize this tremendous and patriotic celebration in our honor of our current, veteran and fallen U.S. soldiers. We were very proud to be a part of it.”