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:

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  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rides on a motorcycle before participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Isaiah, a 10-year-old Chihuahua dressed as Gen. George Patton and owned by Buddy Sours of Browntown, Virginia, joins thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and military veterans in the Pentagon parking lot before the start of 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Isaiah has more the 45,000 miles on a motorcycle and this is his sixth year participating in Rolling Thunder. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, rides on the back of a motorcycle at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon Sunday, May 29, 201, during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, with her daughter Piper, center, answers a reporter's question at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon Sunday, May 29, 2011, during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, watches as her daughter Piper gets a high five at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon Sunday, May 29, 2011, during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, looks at the tatoos of Ed Robbins from Cincinnati, Ohio, at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon Sunday, May 29, 2011, during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rides on the back of a motorcycle during the 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA- MAY 29: Todd Palin adjusts the strap of the motorcycle helmet of his wife, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, before the pair jointed thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and military veterans participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rides on a motorcycle before participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (2L) greets some of the thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and military veterans participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rides on the back of a motorcycle before participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin greets some of the thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and military veterans participating in 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Sarah Palin Kicks Off Tour On A Motorcycle

    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rides on the back of a motorcycle during the 'Rolling Thunder' rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Although not an official guest, former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is expected to participate in today's motorcycle parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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