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Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVIII

Published on May 27, 2018
Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVIII
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Date(s) - 05/27/2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sevierville, TN.



Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVIII

May 27th, 2018, motorcyclists will once again gather in downtown Sevierville at the Sevier County Courthouse. The reason is to pay Tribute to all Fallen Military. It has been described by those who participate and have seen it, as being one of the most unusual and unique Memorial Weekend events they have ever seen.

Mission Statement

To reach as many people as we can with this event. In doing so, we hope to instill and renew the true meaning of Memorial Day and the weekend.

To succeed, you need to draw attention to your event. Believe me, when you take hundreds of motorcycles on a 65-mile ride across 5 counties non-stop start to finish, it draws attention. Local television networks, newspapers and radio all come to see the event. That’s when you get to tell them what Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride is all about. Thanks to our Sponsors and our participants we were seen and heard from Washington D.C. to Florida last year and this year.

The event’s opening ceremony starts at 10:00 A.M. in Sevierville, TN. It consists of Patriotic singing, guest speakers, an appearance by an American Bald Eagle, placing a wreath at the Veteran’s Monument and Taps marks the beginning of this event. The police escorted ride leaves, rain or shine, at 11:00 A.M. Once all of the motorcycles have arrived at Veteran’s Overlook on top of Clinch Mountain in Grainger County, the closing ceremony will begin. Posting Colors, Patriotic music, placing of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute followed by Taps will conclude the event.

This is a non-profit event, so no one makes any money. All of the people who help with this event are volunteers. However, there are expenses in making this a successful event. Portions of the money made from t-shirt sales, patches and sponsorships go to the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, TN., also another portion goes to the Honor Guard so they may continue their ceremonies at Veteran’s funerals. The remainder of the money is used to purchase fresh flower wreaths, port-a-potties, advertising, decorations, t-shirts, patches, permit fees and other services for the event.

For additional information about the event go to our website: or e-mail me at We are also on Facebook, Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride Page.

Coordinator: Ron Giddis, Co-coordinator: Sandy Giddis

2016 Bass Lane, Sevierville, Tn. 37876

865-453-6532, cell 865-654-1851