Rolling Thunder Run Honors Soldiers, Closes Roads in D.C.

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Riders gather at the Pentagon parking lot Sunday, May 26, 2013, before the Rolling Thunder Run in D.C. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Riders gather at the Pentagon parking lot Sunday, May 26, 2013, before the Rolling Thunder Run in D.C. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The annual Rolling Thunder Run will close roads around the National Mall as thousands of people gather to honor those who serve on Memorial Day Weekend.

The run, which is celebrating its 26th year and is the largest motorcycle rally in the world, will close 22nd Street between C Street and Constitution Avenue between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Riders began their rally Sunday in the north and south Pentagon parking lots at 7 a.m. prior to their noon departure. The run will then travel into D.C. and circle around the Capitol before finishing up at the Mall.

The route begins at the Pentagon and travels eastbound across the Lincoln Memorial Bridge, north on 23rd Street, east along Constitution Avenue, south on 3rd Street, west along Independence Avenue, west on Ohio Drive, and come to a finish in West Potomac Park. The stage and rally point is located near the Korean Memorial in West Potomac Park.

After the run, riders will convene in the Mall area to pay tribute to fallen brothers and sisters.

On Monday, the National Memorial Day Parade will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., closing roads from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parade will start at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue and end at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue. 7th Street from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue also will be closed.

Rolling Thunder’s mission is to “educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War,” according to the event’s website.

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