Hundreds of thousands of bikers rumble into D.C. for Rolling Thunder

Washington Times Reporter, Meredith Somers, holds her arms out as she is rides down interstate 66, during the annual Ride of the Patriots, in support of Rolling Thunder, in Fairfax, VA., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

Perfect temperatures, a bright sun and blue sky commanded Sunday’s forecast, but it was the sound of thunder that stood out for the D.C. area, as more than a half-million motorcycles rumbled through the city for the 26th annual Rolling Thunder.

Thousands of locals and visitors lined the roughly 10-mile loop along the Potomac River and across the Memorial Bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial and east to the Mall.


“Nobody else loves America the way you love America,” Rolling Thunder founder Artie Muller told hundreds of riders just hours before they assembled in the Pentagon parking lot in Arlington. “Our veterans, our clubs, veterans organization and the public are unbelievable.”

The event got its name from the rumbling sound made by the thousands of motorcycles cruising into the District. The bike ride on Sunday was the exclamation point for the weekend-long event, which included speeches and ceremonies to recognize prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

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