Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

arlington-national-cemetery-flagsA week from today will be the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated annually and established to honor the men and women of the U.S. military who died while serving our country.

During the Memorial Day weekend, people across the nation visit cemeteries and memorials in their hometown to pay homage to the fallen heroes. This year Memorial Day falls on May 26, 2014. The Nation’s Capital will hold numerous commemorative events to celebrate the occasion. Some of them are listed below.

Friday, May 23, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. – Join thousands of Rolling Thunder bikers, active servicemen and servicewomen, veterans and private citizens at a Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The memorial wall is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, along Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets.

Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. – Rolling Thunder will hold a rally at the Reflecting Pool across from the Lincoln Memorial to show support for improvement of veteran benefits and POW/MIAs.

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8 p.m. – The National Symphony Orchestra presents a free Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Monday, May 26, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m. – The Memorial Day Parade kicks off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Spearheaded by the American Veterans Center, the parade of marching bands, patriotic floats and balloons, and veterans units from all 50 states follow a route along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

Monday, May 26, 2014, 11 a.m. – A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington DC at the west end of the Memorial Bridge in Arlington, Virginia.

Create a custom excursion for your group at anytime of the year using an Angelic Luxury Couch tour bus, and sit back and enjoy the ride as you visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery – any of the sites and memorials mentioned in this post – or ride and relax in comfort as you visit some of Washington’s numerous other tourist attractions.

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