Written by Mallie Woodfin, Recruitment and Admissions Associate
The Nation’s capital is one of the most patriotic places to spend the Memorial Day holiday. There are plenty of places to go and things to do for people of all ages. It is important to remember the meaning of Memorial Day, and to thank the men and women who fight for our country. Here are a few suggestions of how you can spend your holiday.
Memorial Day Parade
A very popular attraction is the Memorial Day Parade. The procession will start at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It will continue down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will be cheering on the heroes of our country.
The Arlington National Cemetery is hosting many events this week to pay tribute to those who have served our nation. Earlier this week, the annual “Flags In” ceremony took place where more than a quarter million mini flags were placed by soldier to decorate the cemetery’s headstones. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will be sponsoring an official Memorial Day service at the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 pm on Monday, May 26. Make sure you check out the Tomb of the Unknowns and Changing of the Guard ceremony which occurs every half-hour until the cemetery closes.
If you visit the National Cemetary, the Marine Corps War Memorial—known by many as the Iwo Jima Memorial—is not too far away. The structure pays homage to all marines who have died defending the U.S. since 1775.
The National Mall
Visiting The Mall is a must during Memorial Day weekend. There are the memorials to presidents as well as to those who have fought for our country. You can pay your respects at the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the DC War Memorial.
The Smithsonian museums line the National Mall and are great places for children and adults to learn more about all types of history, and escape the heat!
On Sunday evening, there will be a free concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra on the west lawn of the Capitol building. The performance is co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, two actors who have been important activists for veterans. A portion of the evening is dedicated to honoring current men and women of service.
Happy Memorial Day!