Memorial Day doesn’t just mark the beginning of the summer season; it is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. There is no better time to honor our men and women in uniform and no better place to do it than Washington, DC. There are many events that will pay tribute to our service men and women over the weekend.
Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Concert – On Sunday, PBS will sponsor a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol that will be broadcast nationally. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and musical acts Doughtry, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins and the National Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 5 PM and the concert begins at 8PM. (http://www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally – Every Memorial Day weekend thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington in an annual demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues. The motorcycles will depart from the Pentagon at 12 PM and will travel to the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial for a speaker program and musical tribute at 1:30PM. (http://www.rollingthunder1.com)
Monday, May 28
Wreath-Laying Ceremonies – There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at nearly every major memorial in DC. These ceremonies usually include speakers and the presentation of the colors by military personnel.
World War II Memorial – 9 AM
Air Force Memorial – 9 AM
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetery) – 11 AM
Navy Memorial – 12 PM
Vietnam Memorial – 1 PM
Memorial Day Parade – This annual parade that begins at 2 PM, starts off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. It includes marching bands and veterans units from all 50 states as well as patriotic floats. (http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com)