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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The March on Washington's 50th commemoration events are happening this week through Wednesday.

Plans are still being finalized but you can expect thousands upon thousands of people to descend on the National Mall.

Crews are setting up a perimeter, fencing and tents are being put up in preparation for Saturday's 'Realize the Dream March & Rally' at the Lincoln Memorial scheduled from 8-4 Saturday.

Metro will operate on a regular Saturday schedule from 7 a.m. To 3 a.m.

You'll want to take Metrorail to:
Farragut North
Farragut West
Smithsonian
Arlington Cemetery

Entry points on the National Mall will be located near 17th Street NW on both sides of the World War II Memorial.

The US Park Police and National Park Service are treating these events similar to 4th July.No alcohol, weapons or fireworks are allowed. They are telling people to be prepared for a long day and bring plenty of water.

Mayor Vincent Gray said, "We would ask people to take the normal precautions one would take on an August day. It was August 28th 1963 it was a hot day and we can reasonably expect the same weather conditions."

Next Wednesday will mark the actual 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior "I have a dream speech' the Freedom Ring Rally at the Lincoln Memorial between 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Speakers include, President Obama, Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.Bells will ring at 3:00 p.m. which is the moment Martin Luther King Junior ended his famous speech.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray is piggybacking on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to push for DC statehood and the lack of autonomy.

Mayor Gray used the backdrop of the DC War Memorial, which is across the street from the MLK Jr. Memorial on Independence Avenue, to call people to act.

I'm going to make this happen and people will make this happen. It's time for this indignity to stop in the District of Columbia."

Gray is trying to invoke the same spirit 50 years ago during Martin Luther King's speech about injustices and his dream of equality with the injustices felt in DC.

Gray is calling for DC residents and those who are attending the March to come first to the DC War Memorial to rally for rights in the District of Columbia, to include a vote in congress, the ability to make decisions on their own budget and laws.

"I've lived in the District of Columbia my entire life and have suffered the indignities and degradation as a 2nd class citizen my entire life."

Kimberly Pery, DC Vote says, "They're not just here for the national message, they need to take our message along with them."

Michael Brown, DC Shadow Senator says, "These are our basic civil rights."

The pre-rally is at 8:30 a.m., the program starts at 9:00 a.m. The plan is for the group to join the rally at the Lincoln Memorial for the march on Washington and end at the MLK Jr. Memorial.


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