America’s Biggest Memorial Day Events 2019

Memorial Day events
A single tribute lantern floating off the coast of Honolulu, HI, during their 2010 Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony. Credit: YouTube.

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Rodman Drake

You can do a lot to honor our fallen service members this Memorial Day weekend.

You can visit their headstones at vet’s cemeteries and memorials around the country; place American flags or flowers there. Runs for charity will be taking place all over, as well as parades and concerts.

Observe a minute of silence at 15:00 (local time). Donate to veteran support groups.

If you’re looking to attend an event for the military community, here’s a list of some of the biggest upcoming Memorial Day events around the nation:

 

Anchorage, AK

  • Anchorage Remembers: Memorial Day Ceremony — Delaney Park — Monday, May 27

Tucson Estates, AZ

  • Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony and Indoor Concert — American Legion Post 102 and AMVETS 770 hosting at Tucson Estates — Monday, May 27 @ 8:00-13:00

Los Angeles & Palm Springs, CA

  • Memorial Day Parade — Canoga Park, LA — Sunday, May 26 @ 22:00 – Monday, May 27 @ 21:59
  • Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair — Palm Springs Air Museum — Monday, May 27 — over 3,000 red and white carnations are dropped from a B-25 Mitchell bomber at 13:00

Pensacola, FL

  • National Naval Aviation Museum — more than 150 restored aircraft (including the last combat F-14D Tomcat), flight simulators, and more
  • Memorial Day Pensacola Beach Pride — Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26

Honolulu, HI

  • Lantern Floating Ceremony — Ala Moana Blvd — Monday, May 27 @ 0:00-23:59 — over 50,000 people participate each year on Memorial Day

Indianapolis, ID

  • Indiana War Memorial Museum — open for Memorial and Veterans Day; check out the Shine Room on the upper level, dedicated to WWI heroes

Nantucket, MA

  • Nantucket Memorial Day Parade — starting at Nantucket Legion Hall — Sunday, May 16 @ 13:00

New York City, NY

  • Fleet Week — 10th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day & Memorial Tribute Events — Sunday, May 26 @ 11:00
  • Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance — Monday, May 27 @ 10:00
  • Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration — Monday, May 27 @ 11:00

Columbus, OH

  • National Veterans Memorial and Museum — free for vets, Gold Star families and active service members

Oklahoma City, OK

  • 45th Division Museum’s Memorial Day Ceremony — Monday, May 27 @ 10:00 — a WWII anti-tank gun will be fired, and the museum holds an extensive weapons collection

Gettysburg, PA

  • 152nd Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies — Monday, May 27 @ 14:00

Charleston, SC

  • Charleston Field of Honor — Marion Square — Monday, May 27 @ 10:00-16:00

Nashville, TN

  • World War II Memorial — Bicentennial Capitol Mall
  • The Hermitage — Andrew Jackson’s former home, 30 minutes outside of downtown

Richmond & Arlington, VA

  • Memorial Day Weekend — Rocketts Landing Station — Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27
  • National Memorial Day Observance — Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery — Monday, May 27 @ 11:00

Memorial Day events
Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2014. Credit: Pete Marovich.

Seattle, WA

  • Memorial Day Service of Remembrance — Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor — Monday, May 27 @ 10:00-12:00 — presentations from the Oak Harbor High School chorus and Navy JROTC
  • Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum — opens from Memorial Day to Labor Day — weaponry from around the world is displayed

Washington, D.C.

  • Rolling Thunder Ceremony — Saturday, May 25 @ 12:00-13:00
  • World War II Memorial — Monday, May 27 @ 9:00
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage — Monday, May 27 @ 10:00
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial — Monday, May 27 @ 13:00
  • NDW Wreath Laying Ceremony  — Monday, May 27 @ 13:00-14:00
  • National Memorial Day Parade — Monday, May 27 @ 14:00
  • National Memorial Day Concert — West Lawn of U.S. Capitol — Sunday, May 26 @ 20:00

 

We leave you with this thought from Jennifer Granholm:

“Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.”

 

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