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Thousands of motorcycles poured into the D.C.-area today for Rolling Thunder, an annual event drawing motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country.

Sarah Palin rides a hog at Rolling Thunder. (Photo: Jenn White)

The massive collection of motorcycle riders is descending on Washington in memory of the thousands of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Some have traveled thousands of miles to take part in the event.

"We made the 1,700-mile trek up here and picked up some bikers along the way," says John Hosford from Houston.

The Associated Press reported at about 11:50 a.m. that Sarah Palin rolled into the parking lot of the Pentagon on the back of a motorcycle wearing black from head to toe.

Rolling Thunder this weekend in DC. So. Many. Bikes. Delightfully loud!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

“@TimRyan83: Noise from Rolling Thunder bike gangs outside hotel all morning waking me up at 630 = #Losing” <~~~go out there & tell em lolless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Rolling Thunder passed, 44 minutes spent stopped in traffic. No forewarning on VDOT's website of any road closures on I-66, 50 or 29. #failless than a minute ago via Seesmic for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

The event has caused some traffic issues, especially on I-66, where some have reported traffic jams.

People wait for Rolling Thunder at an overpass on I-66 eastbound in Arlington (Photo: Jamie Scott)

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