Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Friday night to say, "Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We'd especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We were honored to join them last year."
She continued, "We were both sad to learn that Preston 'Jay' Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us so welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren and his innumerable friends in your prayers."
The former Alaska governor included in her post a photograph of herself, Todd and Jay.
"On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform," she said.
During Memorial Day weekend last year, Palin participated in the "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle ride, which begins at the Pentagon and culminates at the Vietnam Memorial. At the time, speculation was swirling around whether Palin would launch a campaign for the White House. Her 2011 motorcycle ride kicked off a bus tour of the eastern United States.
Below, a slideshow of photos capturing Palin's motorcycle ride last year: