On the last Monday in May, Americans honor the memory of the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. While the roots of Memorial Day are somber -- the holiday was instituted after the Civil War to remember fallen servicemen... ... read more
On the last Monday in May, Americans honor the memory of the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. While the roots of Memorial Day are somber -- the holiday was instituted after the Civil War to remember fallen servicemen and women -- today the holiday is also a celebration of freedom in Washington, DC, and helps kick off the summer season with Memorial Weekend events, parades, and concerts.
As the nation’s capital, Memorial Day in Washington, DC, offers something to help everyone get in the patriotic spirit. Every year, soldiers decorate graves at Arlington National Cemetery with over 250,000 American flags. Memorial Day services and ceremonies in DC also take place at the Navy Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.
At the National Memorial Day Parade, hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets to celebrate American heroes in uniform. This Memorial Day parade in DC features marching bands, floats, active duty military personnel, and veterans from conflicts ranging from World War II to Iraq.
For music lovers, the National Memorial Day Concert features celebrities, civic leaders, and musicians for an iconic free performance broadcast on PBS and NPR. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with past participants including the actor Gary Sinise, General Colin L. Powell, The National Symphony Orchestra, and Maestro Jack Everly.
From solemn ceremonies to celebrations of liberty at patriotic parades, Memorial Day 2016 in Washington, DC, offers some of the biggest, most iconic Memorial Day events in the country.