Rolling to Remember Motorcycle Demonstration Returns to DC – NBC4 Washington

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A sea of ​​bikers rode their motorcycles through Washington, DC on Sunday to commemorate fallen service members and raise awareness of the problems faced by those returning home.

Motorcycles have always been a central feature of this Memorial Day weekend demonstration – a tradition in the district that began in the late 1980s. But it was always about more than a ride.

Rolling to Remember sheds light on prisoners of war, service members missing on deployment and the struggles faced by veterans.

The big Rolling to Remember ride was supposed to start at noon on Sunday. The route ran from RFK Stadium to Interstate 395W, Maine Avenue and Independence Avenue and circumnavigated the National Mall. Here is a map of the route.

Once called Rolling Thunder, the new iteration of the event will be run by AMVETS, who have expanded the mission.

“We added suicide awareness to the situation because we felt the need to prevent our need for our veterans to take their own lives was just as important,” said AmVet National Commander Gregory Heun, a Navy veteran who organized the events of the weekend.

The suicide rate among veterans is nearly twice that among non-veterans, the RAND Corporation found.

Combating the stigma of seeking mental health treatment can be difficult, as can accessing medical care for illnesses linked to environmental causes.

A rally on Saturday featured comedian and activist Jon Stewart, who called for legislation to be passed to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, known as the PACT Act.

“The toxic wounds are not treated as wounds. You’re not being treated like an IED that goes up in your body seven or eight years later — which it is,” Stewart said.

Keep in mind that several streets across DC will be closed on Sunday and parking restrictions will be in place.

In memory of road closures in Washington, DC

Here’s what DC Police say about road closures:

The following streets will be signposted as no emergency parking on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street to 3rd Street, NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from Constitution Avenue to 3rd Street, NW
  • 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • Independence Avenue from 3rd Street to 14th Street, SW
  • 6th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 7th Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 14th Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to D Street, SW

The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from around 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for reasons of public safety:

  • Eastbound Independence Avenue from 19th Street, SE to entrance of RFK Lot 8
  • East Capitol Street from 19th to 22nd Streets, SE
  • 22nd Street from C Street to Independence Avenue, SE
  • Southeast Boulevard from Barney Circle to 11th Street, SE

The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from around 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for reasons of public safety:

  • The ramp to Maine Avenue from westbound I-395 (all traffic must continue south toward Virginia)
  • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street to 3rd Street, NW
  • Independence Avenue from 23rd Street to 3rd Street, SW
  • 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to C Street, SW
  • 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to C Street, SW
  • 6th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Maryland Avenue, SW
  • 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to E Street, SW
  • 9th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • The 9th Street Tunnel
  • 10th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 12th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 12th Street Tunnel
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to D Street, SW
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge to Independence Avenue, SW (no traffic on northbound 14th Street – eastbound 395/695 lanes remain open)
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Maine Avenue, SW
  • 17th Street from New York Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 18th Street from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 19th Street from E Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 20th Street from E Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 21st Street from E Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 23rd Street from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Incoming TR bridge ramp to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Oncoming TR bridge ramp to Ohio Drive, SW
  • Southbound Potomac River Freeway to Ohio Drive, SW (all traffic diverted to Interstate 66)
  • Maine Avenue from 7th Street to 14th Street, SW (local transit only)
  • 11th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to M Street, SE

The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from approximately 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for reasons of public safety:

  • No traffic may travel westbound on I-695 from I-295 (eastbound lanes remain open)
  • The Westbound I-695 ramp at 11th Street and K Street, SE will be closed
  • Westbound ramp to I-695 at 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, SE will be closed
  • The ramp from Northbound South Capitol Street to Westbound I-395 will be closed
  • The ramp from the southbound 3rd Street Tunnel to the westbound I-395 will be closed
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