Ways to celebrate Memorial Day around town
One of the privileges of living in the DC area is the fact we have all these wonderful memorials, monuments, and special events right in our backyard for us to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country.
So as you're making plans for this weekend, we just wanted to share some of the family friendly events and services you might want to be a part of.
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
Sunday, May 29 - This is one of the largest gathering of motorcycles in the country as thousands roll through town honoring our fallen soldiers and POW/MIA soldiers. They will depart from the Pentagon at noon, followed by a special program at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 1:30pm.
National Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30 at 2pm - Enjoy patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons as the parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states makes their way through town. It begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street and continues along Constitution, past the White House, and ends at 17th Street.
Arlington National Cemetary
"Flags In" is where soldiers from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and service members from all branches of the military begin placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags throughout the cemetery and remain there throughout Memorial Day.
Monday, May 30 at 11am - A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Monday, May 30 at 4pm - The Women in Military Service for America Memorial will hold a ceremony at the gateway to the cemetery, featuring wreath-layings and a keynote address. The public is invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.
World War II Memorial
Monday, May 30 at 9am - A wreath-laying ceremony will be taking place in honor of our veterans featuring guest speakers with many surviving WWII veterans in attendance.