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What events take place in DC over Memorial Day weekend?

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As you might expect, Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to pay respects to veterans at the Vietnam, Korean and World War II Memorials, along with Arlington National Cemetery and the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Memorials.

On Sunday, the annual Rolling Thunder bike rally pays homage to the nation's veterans, particularly those still missing in action or prisoners of war. More than 250,000 motorcyclists ride from the Pentagon to the U.S. Capitol. On Sunday evening, you can attend a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

On Monday, visitors can watch the National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue. Special wreath-laying ceremonies take place during the day at various memorials, including Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.

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