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"Cheyenne Rolling Thunder" sets up motorcycle demonstration for Memorial Day weekend

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Published: May. 25, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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Bikers met in downtown Cheyenne earlier this morning to participate in a motorcycle rally for Memorial Day weekend.

The rally, dubbed "Rolling Thunder" due to the use of motorcycles, is a way to show support for veterans and the nation's fallen service members.

Rolling Thunder is a national non-profit that holds a ride every year in Washington, D.C. to commemorate these men and women.

However, due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's iteration was forced to cancel.

"And so they encouraged local chapters to do it throughout the country, and while we don't have a local chapter in Cheyenne, we kind of wanted to get the word out to local biker groups and see if they had any interest," says Haylee Chenchar, director of marketing and events for Downtown Cheyenne. "And so that's what we're doing."

Chenchar says the local rally was put together by Downtown Cheyenne at the last minute, so she was not sure how many would be attending.

However, the event still had plenty of bikers come out to show their support.

"I was informed on Tuesday that this was gonna happen," says Kevin Curtis, the assistant state captain for the Wyoming Patriot Guard. "So, just with the different groups that are involved and the clubs -- social media is a wonderful thing, actually. It gets the news out and gets it out quick."

Bikers arrived at the state parking lot next to the capitol building between 9 and 10 A.M.

Instead of the usual 22-mile ride the national event is known for, bikers drove a small path around the city -- led by Cheyenne police -- before circling back around to where they started.

Many of the bikers are veterans themselves and came out to support their fellow servicemen and women.

"It's really important that we remember who gave us the privilege of still being here," says Wayne Webster, a retired Air Force member who participated in the demonstration. "And that's what Memorial Day is about: remembering those who gave their lives for us, to give us our freedoms and our privileges."

Downtown Cheyenne says they will try to continue hosting the annual event locally to help bring the community together.

For more information on the event's history and updates, visit Rolling Thunder's

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