Are you spending Memorial Day in our nation’s capital? Already know what you’re doing? great! If not, here’s some tips of what to do and some tips and tricks for having a wonderful day.
Attend the National Memorial Day Parade
The parade of marching bands, floats, performers, and veterans will march down Constitution Avenue. It’s the largest parade of its kind in the US. The parade is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. So if you can’t attend make sure to watch the televised version.
Attend the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
This ride brings together motorcycle riders from across the country to honor and respect POWs and MIAs who served during the Vietnam War. The “ride for freedom” has more than 900,000 riders and a route that starts at the Pentagon and goes through West Potomac Park. This is on Sunday, May 27.
Pay your respects to the monuments on the Mall.
The mall includes lots of ways to honor American men and women. With the Korean War Memorial, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Vietnam Woman’s Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War Two Memorial and other harsh reminders of the true price that our veterans paid.
While not all not mall, the Iwo Jima memorial is located right outside of the Arlington National Cemetery. It’s open 6 a.m. to midnight.
There’s also the laying of the Poppy Memorial on the mall on Sunday. Each poppy represents a member of the armed forces who has passed away since the beginning of World War 1. It’ll be on Sunday the 27th.
Observe the Flag Laying at Arlington National Cemetery
On Memorial Day, servicemen and women will place more than 250,000 flags on the graves on the thousands of veterans and their families who lay in rest. The U.S. Navy band will begin performing in the Amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.
Side note: At times the President, Vice-President, and various Cabinet Members have attended.
National Memorial Choral Festival
The Air Force Orchestra is accompanied by more than 300 voices sing patriotic songs. This is on Sunday, May 27, at the Kennedy Center.
National Memorial Day Concert