Rolling Thunder takes its final ride in Washington
The Washington Post
By Jessica Contrera
May 26 at 4:26 PM
There was a line to see the man in charge.
“Artie,” people called.
“Artie, did you see?”
“Artie,” they said. “You gotta do something.”
It was the Sunday before Memorial Day, and in Washington, that has long meant that one of the world’s largest motorcycle rallies was in town. Every year since 1988, riders have roared into the District for “Rolling Thunder,” a demonstration in support of veterans, prisoners of war and service members who went missing in action. But this year, the organization’s leader, Artie Muller, had announced that the financial and logistical burden of making the rally happen had become too much; after 2019, the event in the nation’s capital would be no more.
The news inspired hundreds of thousands of bikers, likely a record-breaking number, to flock to the Pentagon parking lot Sunday morning, ready for their final ride into the city and around the National Mall.
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