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Rolling Thunder rides into DC area

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It is called the "Ride to the Wall" by a group of veterans called Rolling Thunder. 

They started this motorcycle ride to Washington D.C. back in 1988 on Memorial Day weekend. 

On their 25th anniversary, this weekend kicked off at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall with a candlelight vigil just after 9 p.m. by members of the Gold Star Mothers. The ceremony is honor the loved ones they lost in war.

When they started this annual tradition on the first weekend in 1988, there were about 2,500 motorcycles from all over the country here on a mission. The mission hasn't changed and they are demanding from the leaders a full accounting of all POWs and MIAs. 

"We need to keep the issue alive that we still have prisoners of wars missing in action, lost from all past wars, and particularly current wars," says Rolling Thunder veteran Rex Brust. "Our mission is to make sure our government enacts whatever laws necessary to make sure our men and women serving in uniform today are never left behind ever again."

The number has now grown from 2,500 to more than 900,000 riders.

They say they will keep coming to Washington D.C. until all the POWs and MIAs are accounted for.

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