Nearly a Million Ride to the Wall
San Diego Ca.– May 7, 2012 - This Memorial Day weekend nearly a million participants and riders – Rolling Thunder -- will converge in Washington DC at the war memorials. This will be the 25th time they’ve made the pilgrimage and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall.
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On this anniversary year, Vietnam veteran and Rolling Thunder rider, Harry Bostard, has been chosen to ride one of five specially made motorcycles, representing the five branches of the military. Bostard, on the Air Force motorcycle built by master bike builder Billy Lane, was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and spends most of his time out on the highway. “I get an immense feeling of freedom when I am out there with my knees in the breeze. That is what we fought for – freedom; even if we were not given a hero’s welcome when we returned home.” rollingthunderrun.com
Photojournalist and documentarian, Jerry Macias, will be capturing unprecedented views of life on the road through the lens of the “world’s most versatile camera” - GoPro. To be included in an upcoming documentary, presented by The Victorious Project®, Macias is excited to tell their stories as they unfold. thevictorious.org
The Victorious Project’s®, 90-minute documentary, is based on the inspired stories of today’s men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and our veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The project follows the lives of our extraordinary veterans finding their way back, their courage, contributions, and long-standing innovations that have helped to shape this nation. The Victorious Project® segments illustrate how those returning -- today or from past wars -- have found ways to quiet their wartime experiences and confront the slow pace of civilian life, and that their solutions have forever changed the American landscape.
“I think what makes the Victorious Project® and GoPro such a good fit is we both help people capture their passion and their life experience. We say be a hero. To inspire people to get out there and live a big life, capture it with your GoPro and share that content to get other people excited and inspired. The Victorious Project® is about the same initiative, telling these stories of veterans coming back and living big lives to inspire other veterans to do the same. We can help in our small way with the camera that helps tell those stories. It’s a perfect fit and we are excited to be a part of the Victorious Project®. From GoPro to Ride to the Wall, thank you for supporting our Veterans,” Nicholas Woodman, Founder and CEO, GoPro Be a HERO. (Taken from an interview at the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters -- nabshow.com.) gopro.com
“After spending the last decade shooting video on the road and even trying to capture images that can only be captured from the road, I know how difficult that can be. I’ve experienced driving in the winter in 13 degrees with the window down, to capturing the South Dakota roads filled with motorcycles sitting in a custom chair that slides into your tow receiving-hitch (shooting backwards). With the amazing GoPro with Wi-Fi and the new Protune feature, and the new technologies of Telestream and Production Minds, Caseman email@example.com/ssl/Client/Caseman/GoPro_Handshake/Videos/Caseman_GoPro_DH_Final_854x480_H264.mov covering the Ride to the Wall changes everything for creating a high-end quality video television production. We’re looking forward telling the stories from The Ride to the Wall,” shares Macias.
The Victorious Project is a collaboration of Fuel360 Productions, Hollywoodland Productions, Red Jet Films, and Town Square Production. Special appreciation goes to BDL for their support of our veterans and for The Victorious Project and by becoming the Fuel sponsor for the ride to the wall and The Road Trip in Capay Valley for the ride to the wall Fundraiser.