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Live Music, Free Food at Dumfries Rolling Thunder Rally

By Potomac Local News May 25, 2012 12:26 pm

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The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally rolls through Dumfries on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally rolls through Dumfries on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

DUMFIRES, Va. – It’s an annual rallying point for one of the year’s most moving tributes.

The Rolling Thunder Rally, an annual Memorial Day event that attracts hundreds of bikers and military veterans to the Pentagon by way of their motorcycles, will once again come to Dumfries. Cyclists will gather starting tomorrow at East Coast Harley Davidson on Main Street in the small town. The event always attracts a crowd.

During the motorcycle shop’s annual open house starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, residents and attendees will be treated to live music, and free hot dogs and chips starting at 11 a.m. The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office will sell raffle tickets for a motorcycle, and Prince William police will be on hand for a bike demonstration, said East Coast Harley spokeswoman Megan Shankle.

Disabled American Veterans will also be on hand to provide counseling assistance for veterans.

The idea for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally began in 1987 as a way to honor Vietnam troops left behind in Southeast Asia. When bikers make their trek into Washington and then to the Pentagon on Sunday, the event will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

To accommodate Rolling Thunder traffic, the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-95 and 395 will be closed to regular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.