Tucumcari is set to hear Rolling Thunder tonight, with a 7 p.m. performance set for the Tucumcari High School Auditorium.
The group is on the way to Washington, D.C., with the aim of highlighting the plights of prisoners of war (POWs) and those missing in action from current and previous military services.
“Our whole theme is to support our troops,” said Joy Jeannette, president of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 of California. “These are our sons and daughters. We’re all affected by what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The group traveled through Window Rock, Ariz., and Gallup on Friday. They’re set to arrive in Tucumcari tonight with plans for a tribute and a concert from the Jared Rogers band.
Jeannette said many members of Rolling Thunder are themselves veterans. She is not, but has a brother who served in Vietnam. Jeannette has been informed for years that her brother was killed in the Vietnam War, but was never sure because the body in question was burned beyond recognition.
Jeannette said she was set to take a DNA test to determine the truth, but said the mission is important regardless of her personal story.
“I think the lawmakers need to realize … if we’re going to send our people to war, we need to be accountable about how we bring them home,” Jeannette said. “Freedom isn’t free. It’s our veterans that give us the freedoms we have today.”
The group will be escorted into Tucumcari by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2528 of Tucumcari.