Memorial Day 2012 events

Memorial Day Events

Here some events that are happening this weekend that you might enjoy! Remember to always be safe and drive carefully!

Saturday May 26th

11:00 a.m.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally will visit the Navy Memorial for a wreath laying ceremony.

Sunday May 27th

12:00 p.m.

The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally departs from the Pentagon and will be riding through D.C.

5:00 p.m.

A free concert will be sponsored by PBS on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Monday May 28th-Memorial Day

9:00 a.m.

The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. The theme for the commemoration is “Honoring our Fallen Warriors.” Many surviving WWII veterans will be in attendance.

11:00 a.m.

A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.


The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states steps off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. The National Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.

4:00 p.m.

Women in the Military Service for America Memorial will be at the gate of the Arlington National Cemetery and will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.

Veterans Day

National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11:00 a.m., a color guard, made up of members from each of the military services, renders honors to America’s war dead during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremony takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater.

The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.

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