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The Rolling Thunder motorcycles that descend on Washington, D.C. every Memorial Day weekend made their final ride on Sunday, ending a three decades-old tradition that was initially meant to serve to pay tribute to fallen and missing-in-action soldiers.

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    1. Rolling Thunder's last ride through Washington

    2. A motorcycle rider with American flag fluttering passes crowds during the 32nd Annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" during Memorial Day weekend to support veterans and call attention to POWs and MIAs, in Washington, May 26, 2019.

    3. World War II veteran and USMC Sgt Bruce Heilman (ret.), 93, of Richmond, Virginia, awaits the start of Rolling Thunder.

    4. USMC Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers (ret.) salutes motorcycle riders as they pass by.

    5. A motorcycle rider passes crowds and combat boots, representing the fallen military. The Defense Department told ABC News that they support peaceful demonstrations and were prepared to support the 2019 Rolling Thunder ride. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    6. A motorcycle rider and passenger cheer as they pass crowds. In an interview with Reuters TV, Muller said that while this will be the final ride, the event will also mark the beginning of a new chapter.

    7. A motorcycle rider in a Rolling Thunder t-shirt joins tourists at the Lincoln Memorial prior to the start of the ride. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    8. USMC Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers (ret.) and USMC Sgt. Bruce Heilman (ret.), 93, of Richmond, Virginia, salute passing motorcycle riders. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    9. A motorcycle rider salutes as he passes crowds. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    10. Notes and photos are seen left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall prior to the start of the ride. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    11. A motorcycle rider and a passenger take part in Rolling Thunder. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    12. A motorcycle rider stops to salute USMC Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers (ret.), and USMC Sgt. Bruce Heilman (ret.), 93, of Richmiond, Virginia. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

    13. A motorcycle rider passes crowds and combat boots, representing the fallen military. REUTERS/Mike Theiler