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Rolling Thunder Rumbles Through Washington In Honor of Vets

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Bikers with American flags ride in front of the U.S. Capitol as they take part in the annual Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2014. (Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Bikers with American flags ride in front of the U.S. Capitol as they take part in the annual Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2014. (Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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UPDATED: May 26, 2014 6:29 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW/AP) — The sound of motorcycles could be heard around the D.C. area Sunday as the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally returned to the nation’s capital for Memorial Day weekend.

About 4,000 motorcyclists, escorted by state and local police, traveled Sunday morning up Interstate 95 from Prince William County to the Pentagon. Another 2,000 motorcyclists rode into the District on Interstate 66 from Manassas.

The motorcyclists ride every year on Memorial Day weekend to honor military veterans and in particular members of the armed forces who are still missing in action.

Motorcyclists took part in the annual “Ride for Freedom” from the Pentagon to the National Mall earlier on Sunday. Speakers and musicians entertained the crowd Sunday afternoon at a stage near the Lincoln Memorial.

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