Rolling to Remember Brings Thousands to DC for Memorial Day Weekend Pro-Veteran Events

If you hear thunder in DC this weekend, it could be the return of Rolling to Remember: a massive tens of thousands event designed to stand up for veterans.

If you hear thunder in DC this weekend, it could be the return of Rolling to Remember: a massive tens of thousands event designed to stand up for veterans.

“They come together for the purpose of raising awareness for our POWs,” Joe Chenelly, National Executive Director of AMVETS, told OMCP.



The organization claims that 82,000 soldiers are still missing.

The group also wants to raise awareness about suicide rates among veterans: 22 die by suicide every day, AMVETS said.

“The message will be clear throughout: we will never forget our prisoners of war and our MIAs, and we will not stop fighting for real solutions to the suicide crisis,” the statement said. ‘AMVETS in a statement.

The events began Friday with a Blessing of the Bike ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral and a candlelight vigil at the National Vietnam War Memorial that evening.

On Saturday at RFK Stadium, there was a rally with Jon Stewart and other special guests gathered to raise awareness, as well as a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people doing push-ups together.

Expect the parking lots at RFK Stadium to start filling up early Sunday morning – Lot 8 opens to the public at 7am – with up to tens of thousands of motorcyclists and supporters from across the United States before heading downtown at noon to circle the National Mall on closed streets that will pass the war memorials, the White House and Capitol Hill before turning onto 14th Street to leave DC

“It’s just something we want our lawmakers to pay attention to,” Chenelly said.

All closures, directions to DC and itineraries, as well as the official route for the ride, can be found online and include:

The following streets will be posted in Emergency No 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 for public safety reasons to automobile traffic on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from approximately 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Independence Avenue looking east from 19th Street, SE to RFK Lot 8 entrance
  • East Capitol Street from 19th Street to 22nd Street, 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 for public safety to automobile traffic on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • The Maine Avenue on-ramp 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
  • Between the 14th Street Bridge and Independence Avenue, southwest (no northbound traffic on 14th Street – eastbound lanes 395/695 will 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
  • TR bridge inbound ramp to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Inbound Ramp from TR Bridge to Ohio Drive, SW
  • Southbound Potomac River Freeway to Ohio Drive, SW (all traffic will be sent to Interstate 66)
  • Maine Avenue from 7th Street to 14th Street, SW (local traffic only)
  • 11th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to M Street, SE

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

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

“Our country promised long ago that we will leave no one behind,” Chenelly said in a statement.

“On Sunday, our voices and our motorcycles will be heard as we ride to ensure our fellow Americans and our government remember this promise. We must do more to find and identify the more than 80,000 US servicemen and women who remain missing. »

Melissa Howell of WTOP contributed to this report.

Like OMCP on Facebook and follow OMCP on Twitter and Instagram to start a conversation about this article and others.

Get the latest news and daily headlines delivered to your inbox by signing up here.

© 2022 OMCP. All rights reserved. This website is not intended for users located in the European Economic Area.

Leave a Comment