WASHINGTON -- As the sounds of motorcycles continue to reverberate throughout the nation's capital following Sunday's 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle run, events honoring veterans and fallen soliders are continuing Monday as Memorial Day is officially observed around the nation.

Monday afternoon, thousands of people will line Constitution Avenue NW to watch the annual National Memorial Day Parade. That event, honoring those who served and gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, will start at 2 p.m. at 7th Street NW and end at 17th Street NW, near the World War II Memorial.

A live feed of the parade will be available here.

The parade will cap a long weekend of events and activities honoring veterans and fallen soliders, where visitors from across the United States and beyond swarmed the National Mall and paid tribute to the nation's military heroes at monuments like the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans memorial wall.

Sunday evening's Memorial Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol was evacuated when severe thunderstorms approached the city.

This Memorial Day also marks the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Run, the great motorcycle promenade meant to honor prisoners of wars and soliders missing in action and raise awareness around issues facing the nation's veterans.

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    A Marine salutes as motorcycles drive past during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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    People watch as motorcyclists ride down Constitution Avenue during Rolling Thunder May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The 25th annual Rolling Thunder rumbled into town to show support for veterans past and present, those who have fallen in war and those who are missing in action. It's expected nearly one million riders will be here through Memorial Day.

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    Motorcycles drive from the Memorial Bridge during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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    People watch as motorcyclists ride down Constitution Avenue during Rolling Thunder 2012 May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The 25th annual Rolling Thunder rumbled into town to show support for veterans past and present, those who have fallen in war and those who are missing in action. It's expected nearly one million riders will be here through Memorial Day.

  • Rolling Thunder 2012

    People watch as motorcyclists ride down Constitution Avenue during Rolling Thunder May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The 25th annual Rolling Thunder rumbled into town to show support for veterans past and present, those who have fallen in war and those who are missing in action. It's expected nearly one million riders will be here through Memorial Day.

  • Rolling Thunder 2012

    People watch as motorcyclists ride down Constitution Avenue during Rolling Thunder May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The 25th annual Rolling Thunder rumbled into town to show support for veterans past and present, those who have fallen in war and those who are missing in action. It's expected nearly one million riders will be here through Memorial Day.

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    A motorcyclists rides past the US Capitol during Rolling Thunder 2012 on May 27, 2012, in Washington, DC. On the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, motorcyclists and others participated in the annual event riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial to pay homage to the US military fallen and those who served.

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    Donna Street holds up inflatable soldiers while watching Rolling Thunder ride into the city May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, motorcyclists and others participated in the annual event riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial to pay homage to the US military fallen and those who served.

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    Motorcyclists ride down Constitution Avenue during the Rolling Thunder 2012 May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, motorcyclists and others participated in the annual event riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial to pay homage to the US military fallen and those who served.

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    Audience members bow their heads in prayer during the annual Rolling Thunder event on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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    A motorcyclist rides past the National Archives during the Rolling Thunder 2012 May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, motorcyclists and others participated in the annual event riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial to pay homage to the US military fallen and those who served.

  • Rolling Thunder 2012

    People watch as motorcycles pass during the Rolling Thunder 2012 May 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On the 25th anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, motorcyclists and others participated in the annual event riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Memorial to pay homage to the US military fallen and those who served.


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    A bouquet of flowers in a can wrapped in a photo is seen as visitors pause along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Monday, May 28, 2012, on Memorial Day in Washington.

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    The Vietnam War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day

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    Vietnam veteran Verlin Maglitz of Jacksonville, Ill., takes a rubbing of those he fought with in Vietnam during his visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Maglitz was in the Army and served in Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne Division and plans to take rubbings of approximately 45 of his friends.

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    Richard Evans of the American Legion Post 24 places a wreath at a memorial to the nurses who served in Vietnam May 28, 2012 at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. People around the United States celebrate Memorial Day to honor veterans and those members of the US military who have fallen in past and present wars.

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    The Army 1st Infantry Monument, located off 17th Street NW and State Place, on Memorial Day.

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    The Army 1st Infantry Monument, located off 17th Street NW and State Place, on Memorial Day.

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    The Army 1st Infantry Monument, located off 17th Street NW and State Place, on Memorial Day.

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    The Army 2nd Infantry Monument, located off Constitution Avenue NW near the Ellipse.

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    The Army 2nd Infantry Monument, located off Constitution Avenue NW near the Ellipse.

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    The Army 2nd Infantry Monument, located off Constitution Avenue NW near the Ellipse.

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    The National World War II Memorial on Memorial Day

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    The National World Ward II Memorial on Memorial Day.

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    The National World War II Memorial on Memorial Day

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    The National World War II Memorial On Memorial Day

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    The District of Columbia War Memorial on Memorial Day

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day.

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day

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