Summer is just around the corner. And this weekend we hope you are out enjoying the arrival of warmer weather with your dearest friends and family. We hope that you will also remember what we have given as a nation, and as a people, to retain the freedom we’ve fought so hard to keep. Please honor Veterans, Enlisted Members, and First Responders that you may come in contact with, by saying “Thank You” for their service in defending the security and sanctity of this great country.
To help send our appreciation to customers those who continue to preserve the American dream by investing time and income into their Classic American automobile, Tamraz’s Parts is extending a 10% discount during the week following Memorial day, on all phone orders placed between 8 a.m.CST Tuesday May 27th thorugh 2 p.m. CST on Saturday May 31st.
Please be aware, This offer is for phone orders only, and does not apply to eBay orders or other store orders. This allows us to continue offering the best prices in as many ways as we can.
The History of Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The Memorial Day holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.
Rolling Thunder Events created to honor those who have fallen for our cause:
Watch this Rolling Thunder Event Video – its a touching look at one Marine’s salute the the hundreds riding past him.
In 1987, Corporal Ray Manzo USMC 1967-69, visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC and stopped at a booth to talk with fellow veterans. He learned for the first time that American servicemen had been abandoned in Southeast Asia and the end of the Vietnam War. This idea was counter to his Marine Corps training to “Leave No Man Behind” and he became consumed with the idea that he must do something to bring attention to this issue and “make right a terrible wrong.”
Ray attended a POW/MIA vigil sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club when the idea came to him: He would host a motorcycle rally in the nation’s capital to show the country and the world that our Prisoner’s Of War and Missing In Action still mattered to their fellow servicemen and the country for which they sacrificed their freedom. From that day on things began to happen quickly. He drafted a letter for a call to action (click here to see the original) and began mailing it to Biker publications. He then enlisted fellow veterans from the D.C. area to help him “cut through the red-tape” of requirements set forth by the District of Columbia. Sgt. Major John Holland was very experienced in D.C. legislation and included 1st Sgt. Walt Sides. And SSgt. Ted Sampley, an ever-present activist in D.C. jumped on board as well. These four veterans became the founding fathers of Rolling Thunder. But it was Ted Sampley’s colleague, Bob Schmitt, who coined the phrase. He was staring at the Memorial Bridge and envisioning Manzo’s dream and simply blurted out, ”It will be like the sound of rolling thunder coming across the bridge” — a sound not unlike the 1965 bombing campaign against North Vietnam named Operation Rolling Thunder. The four decided there could be no better date than Memorial Day to sponsor this run. Holland, Sides, and Sampley got busy securing permits and meeting with the Mayor’s task force and another D.C. activist, Ted Shpak, perfected the Constitution and By-Laws required for incorporation. Manzo worked on bringing in the bikes. His friend Larry Darkow would be instrumental in “rounding up” the bikers who would come from as far as the West Coast. They came from dusty hollows and bustling cities. Some came alone, others in convoys. Many joined up as they met on the long road to Washington, D.C. And in May of 1988, Ray Manzo’s dream turned into a reality when thousand of bikes poured onto the streets of D.C. for Rolling Thunder I. Although Ray’s dream was for a one-time demonstration to bring national attention to the POW/MIA issue, Rolling Thunder had struck a chord in the hearts of veterans everywhere and from all walks of life. Veterans who could not attend Rolling Thunder I vowed to return the next year. And so it continued to grow. Now celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Rolling Thunder has grown into the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event, with riders from around the nation, and even around the world. They achieved their initial mission of greater POW/MIA awareness and continue to support veterans from all wars. POW/MIA numbers from wars following the Vietnam War have greatly diminished and the treatment of returning veterans has greatly improved. This year our government is issuing a proclamation to officially “welcome home” the Vietnam Veterans to compensate them, in some way, for the poor treatment they received when they first returned.