Greetings Veterans and Patriots,

Congratulations to the Boise Valley POW-MIA Corp on a successful Sweet Ride and on the KTVB news story  I wish I could have made it down there.

Join us this weekend for our general membership meeting on Friday, May 13th at 7pm and for the POW*MIA Community Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th from 8am – 1pm at Liberty Hall, 325 W Benton, Pocatello.  Donations of clean, gently used and new items are still being accepted. Drop off donations between 6-8pm on Friday, May 13th.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th and once again we will be having our Thunder Run. We ride to show our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can live free. We honor them by not forgetting what they did and what they stood for. We honor the memories and sacrifices of the fallen and their families. Everyone is welcome to join us. You do not need to be a member of the POW*MIA Awareness Association. You don’t even need to ride a bike. All vehicles are welcome. We would love to have you join us in ensuring that the sacrifices made by our nation’s bravest do not go unappreciated. Please check the Thunder Run Flyer for details. Thank you, Jeff Butler, for getting the ride and ceremonies all lined out. Hope to see many of you there!

Thanks to Joe Fitzen bands have been booked for the Rally. Scarlet Rain and Mayhem Spectrum will be playing.

Mark your calendars!

22nd Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally
July 22 & 23, 2022
Bannock County Event Center Fairgrounds, Pocatello

If you would like to volunteer for or be a sponsor for the Rally, please get a hold of any board member and we will get you hooked up. Volunteers and sponsors are the backbone of the POW*MIA Awareness Association. We need all the help we can get for another successful Motorcycle Rodeo and Rally. Thank you for all you do to help achieve the fullest possible accounting for our missing service members from past conflicts and providing closure for their families.

Victor and LeAnne Salinas are accepting applications for vendors for the Rally. If you know of vendors who would like to be a part of our Rally, please have them reach out to Victor and LeAnne at facilities@powmiarodeo.org.

Please read the April General Membership Meeting Minutes, so we will be able to take a vote to accept or amend them.

Get your P-51 Fly By Backseat Raffle tickets. This year your ticket will get two chances to win. We will have two P-51s and have two drawings; one for each backseat. You can get your tickets by coming to any general membership meeting or event that we participate in, or by calling Rudy Moore at 208-695-7581.

Thank you,
Brandon Bennett, Director
POW*MIA Awareness Rally Association – Pocatello

Upcoming Events:

Traveling Vietnam Wall Replica Escort
Soda Springs Rotary Club is bringing the Traveling Vietnam Wall Replica to Soda Springs. It will be available for viewing May 10-14, 2022.
Details for escorting the wall on Tuesday, May 10th meet at 5pm for KSU at 5:30pm from Cedar View 2525 US30 in Soda Springs.  For those riding from Pocatello meet at the Maverik on S 5th (3434 S 5th Ave, Pocatello) at 3:30pm. KSU for Soda Springs will be at 3:45pm. Please RSVP Brandon Bennett at 208-360-6968 so we can get a count of how many will be flagging up.

7th Annual Staci Shryock Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser Giddy Up !!!! Ride
Saturday, May 21st, Start at Rumors Pub, End at Duffy’s Tavern
Registration at 10am, KSU at noon
$15/Rider or $20 w/Passenger

3rd Annual BFC/RMM Blessing of the Bikes
Sunday, May 22nd Church Service at 12:00pm
Bike Blessing and BBQ at 1:30pm
Rocky Mountain Ministries
845 Hyde, Pocatello

POW/MIA Western Regional Summit/Dinner/Fundraiser
Magic Valley POW/MIA fundraiser for National League of POW/MIA Families
Saturday, May 21st 9am-10pm
Turf Club 734 Falls Ave, Twin Falls
Morning session 9am – noon. Everyone is welcome to come hear Mark Stephensen, Co-Chairman for National League of POW/MIA Families speak. There is no charge. There is an afternoon break for a Hero’s Welcome Home Funeral Escort for Army PFC Kenneth Bridger who was killed during the Korean War. He was accounted for January 26, 2022 and will be buried in Twin Falls that afternoon.
Doors open for Dinner and Auctions at 5pm. Dinner is $25
Motels offering special rates:
Sure Stay – $93 a night     208-734-5801    1260 Blue Lakes Blvd North
Holiday Inn – $125 a night     208-733-7545    1586 Blue Lakes Blvd North

Idaho Field of Heroes
Setup will be the week of May 22nd
Field Dedication will be Friday, May 27th at 10am
Closing Ceremony will be Monday, May 30th at 6pm
Tear down will be Tuesday, May 31st

19th Annual Idaho Thunder Run
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2022
Meet at Century High School 8:30am, KSU 9:00am
All riders and vehicles welcome!
All times are approximate and subject to change.

June General Membership Meeting
Friday, June 17th 7pm at Liberty Hall, 325 W Benton, Pocatello

24th Annual Pizza’s Run Flag Up & Proud American Ride
Soda Gang Proud American Fundraiser Ride
Saturday, June 18
24th Pizza’s Run Car Show 11am-4pm in Soda Springs City Park

2022 Legacy Flight Museum Airshow
Saturday, June 18 Flag Up

30th Annual Mackay Motorcycle Rally & Rodeo
July 1-3, Mackay Tourist Park
Presented by Idaho Motorcycle Rodeo Association

Power County Search & Rescue Salmon Fish Fry
July 9 11am-7pm American Falls City Park
Adults $12 & Kids 6-12 $6

July General Membership Meeting
Friday, July 15th 7pm at Liberty Hall, 325 W Benton, Pocatello
Drawing for P-51 Backseat Raffle

22nd Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally
July 22 & 23, 2022
Bannock County Event Center Fairgrounds, Pocatello

Retire with Respect
We have not scheduled these events yet for this year. Watch for more information.  We are collecting worn or tattered US flags to retire in our Retire with Respect ceremony.  Please bring your worn and tattered US flags to any of our events.