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Rolling Thunder Run

Motorcycles from across the country converge on Washington DC to celebrate Memorial Day and honor POW/MIAs.  Started in 1988, this annual event has grown to a 4-day weekend with an estimated 900,000 participants in 2015.

The Harley-Davidson Company organizes rallies at each of its DC dealerships.  Motorcycles gather at the dealership and then parade to the Pentagon, where they join thousands of others in preparation for a mass rally/parade through the National Mall.

The Fairfax VA parade of motorcycles began around 9am.

The Fairfax VA parade of motorcycles began around 9am.

An estimated 4,500 motorcycles PACKED three full lanes of Fairfax Boulevard, stretching over 2 miles from the HD dealership!  The fire department used ladder trucks to fly the flag over the starting line, and the Fairfax County motorcycle police led the group to the Pentagon.

Motorcycles stretch over 2 miles at the beginning of the parade.

Motorcycles stretch over 2 miles at the beginning of the parade.

It took over an hour for all the motorcycles to pass the fire engines.

Of course there were crowds of family and spectators cheering on the riders.

A young on-looker.

A young on-looker.

A patient grandfather.

A patient grandfather.

Furling the flag at the end of the parade.

Furling the flag at the end of the parade.

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Rolling Thunder Run

Ride of the Patriots

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Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb loves to travel and do photography in his free time.

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