Milwaukee Armed Forces Week culminates Saturday, May 20, 2017 with a memorial ceremony at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Milwaukee, April 16, 2017… The Milwaukee Armed Services Committee announced today that Ken (Polack) Pezewski will speak at the Milwaukee Armed Forces Memorial Ceremony on May 20, 2017 at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Pezewski is part of the group of men, along with Bob “Hogman” Thompson, responsible for donating “Wisconsin’s Rolling Memorial Bike,” a motorcycle modified to look like a “chopper” to the Vietnam Memorial, one of the largest artifacts ever left at the site, and the only motorcycle.
About Wisconsin’s Rolling Memorial Bike
On Memorial Day weekend in 1995, a group of bikers from Wisconsin, known as the Committee, drove into Washington D.C. They brought with them the Rolling Memorial Bike. This bike was created entirely by donation from supporters around the state of Wisconsin. Through charity events and donations of parts, dollars and talent, the Committee produced a beautiful 1960s-style chopper motorcycle to honor the 37 POW/MIAs from their state.
Upon arrival to D.C., the bike was taken off its trailer and rolled to the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It remained on display for the entire weekend. At the end of the weekend they transported it back to its original facility to be managed by the National Park Service. The bike officially became a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection, stored in the Museum Resource Center, which now numbers over 400,000 objects.
The bike was designed to evoke the memory of Vietnam Era motorcycles and was created, as much as possible, with parts from the 1960s. Since it was made as a memorial for Wisconsin POW/MIAs, it is not to be ridden until all 37 men come home. Dog tags representing each of the men are hung on the forks of the motorcycle.
More information on Wisconsin’s Rolling Memorial Bike can be found here.
About Milwaukee Armed Forces Week
The 2017 Milwaukee Armed Forces Week, to be held Monday, May 15 - Saturday, May 20, is a joint effort of the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, comprised of members of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, as
well as Milwaukee-area citizens and veterans. Its mission is to increase public understanding of the role of the military in a democratic society as well as honor and acknowledge the Milwaukee area people serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
For more information, please visit www.milwaukeearmedforces.org and follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.