Rolling to Remember motorcycle demo returns to DC – NBC4 Washington

A sea of ​​bikers rode their motorbikes through Washington, DC, on Sunday to remember fallen service members and raise awareness of the issues faced by those who have returned home.

Motorcycles have always been a central part of this Memorial Day weekend event — a tradition in the district that began in the late 1980s. But it’s always been more than a ride.

Rolling to Remember shines a light on prisoners of war, missing service members and the struggles facing veterans.

The great Rolling to Remember hike was scheduled to start Sunday noon. The route ran from RFK Stadium to Interstate 395W, Maine Avenue and Independence Avenue and looped around the National Mall. Here is a map of the route.

Formerly called Rolling Thunder, the new iteration of the event is led by AMVETS, which has expanded the mission.

“We added suicide awareness to the situation because we felt the need to prevent our need to prevent our veterans from committing suicide is equally important,” said AmVet National Commander Gregory Heun, a Navy veteran. who organized the weekend’s events.

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

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

A rally on Saturday brought together comedian and activist Jon Stewart, who called for the passage of legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burns in Iraq and Afghanistan, known as the PACT Act.

“Toxic wounds aren’t treated like wounds. It’s not treated like an IED that kicks in in your body seven or eight years later — that’s what it is,” Stewart said.

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

Roll to remember street closures in Washington, DC

Here’s what DC police are saying about the street closures:

The following streets will be posted urgently without parking on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 12:01 a.m. to 5 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 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 p.m.:

  • 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
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge to Independence Avenue, SW (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 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
  • I-695 westbound 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

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