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Riders are scheduled to start their engines at 8:55 a.m. and head for the Pentagon at 9 a.m. along Interstate 66.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon S. Bulova has attended past rides and said seeing the streets packed “shoulder to shoulder” with people on motorcycles, “it’s something you will never forget.”

“You’ve never heard anything like hundreds, if not thousands, of motorcycles,” she added. “I’d never thought a parade of motorcycles could be beautiful, but it really is one of the most beautiful events I attend all year long. It’s moving, highly patriotic.”

Mr. Lyons said the ride includes bikers from across the country, as well as a contingent of Vietnam War veterans from Canada. Mr. Larson said riders have come from as far away as Scotland and Australia.

“After 15 years, a lot of people know they can just come by and know there’s a formalized ride,” Mr. Lyons said. “It makes you feel great that you’re a part of something really appreciated by people.”