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Rolling Thunder 2013 draws 500,000 riders

Rolling Thunder 2013 Draws 500,000 riders

Rolling Thunder 2013 Veteran salutes riders
Veteran salutes riders as they pass by.

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, many thousands of motorcyclists rode from the Pentagon to the National Mall, ending their 10-mile trip near the Lincoln Memorial.

Rolling Thunder 2013 — the 26th annual rally that honors veterans and fallen soldiers, and raises awareness about prisoners of war and soldiers who are missing in action. By some estimates, this year’s event brought some 500,000 riders to the nation’s capital.

In addition to Sunday’s run, Rolling Thunder 2013 — which started on Friday and lasts through Monday — also involves a candlelight vigil, a First Amendment demonstration and an observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
“Nobody else loves America the way you love America,” Artie Muller, the event’s founder — and not a fan of Obamacare — told riders in the Pentagon parking lot before the ride began, according to the Washington Times. “Our veterans, our clubs, veterans organization and the public are unbelievable.”

Members of Third US Infantry Regiment Plant Flowers at Arlington National Cemetery
Members of Third US Infantry Regiment Plant Flowers at Arlington National Cemetery

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