2019 will be the last year for Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally

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(video) --- (CNN) The annual "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle tribute to veterans will stop rolling in Washington, DC after next year.

Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists have descended on the nation's capital every Memorial Day weekend since 19-88.

But a spokeswoman for the group says the ride on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 will be the 32nd and final one.

The event honors service members killed in action or held as prisoners of war.

It will start at the pentagon parking lot, goes over a bridge into d-c and circle the mall, before ending by the Vietnam veterans memorial.

Organizers say the costs of putting on the national ride have become prohibitive, with last year's event costing 200-thousand dollars.

Going forward, instead of the national ride, there will be regional events held by local chapters across the US.

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