Memorial Day Events and Discounts

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The following is a listing of major events and discounts for Memorial Day Weekend. Check back frequently, as this list is updated.

Memorial Day Discounts

Blue Star Museums
From May 21 through the rest of the year, thousands of museums are offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. For more details, visit the Blue Star website.

Chevy's Fresh Mex
On Memorial Day, any police, fire personnel, or military in uniform (or with military ID) will be provided a 20% discount at Chevys restaurants.

Hooters
On Memorial Day, Hooters honors the nation's best with 10 free wings with a drink purchase. Military ID required. For more details, see the Military.com Discount Center.

Kenny Chesney Concert: May 25
Military personnel and their families have an opportunity to save 50% off tickets for Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation concert on Saturday, May 25th at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. For more details, see the Military.com Discount Center.

LEGOLAND® Florida
All active duty military personnel including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists are now entitled to a free one-time single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park throughout 2013.

National Park Service
Servicemembers (including activated members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their dependents can obtain the National Park's annual Pass ("America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass") for free. The pass waives parking and entrance fees (some limitations apply) for parks that charge. More details are available at the National Parks website.

SeaWorld Parks and Enterainment
Throughout 2013, any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to a free one time admission at either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependants.  For more details, visit the Military.com Discount Center.

Shoney's
Shoney's is serving a free All-American Burger™ to all veterans and active duty military members. Offer is valid in-store only. Military ID required. For more details, visit the Military.com Discount Center.

Universal Orlando® Resort
Universal Orlando® Resort's salute to the military includes special ticket offers as well as exclusive getaway packages for  all active duty, retired military and Department of Defense personnel.

Walt Disney World®Resort
Walt Disney World salutes the men and women who serve. Now through Sept. 28, 2013, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase special discount tickets and specially priced rooms at select Disney resort hotels.

Westgate Resorts
Westgate Resorts is offering their 31% 'Best Available Rate' to all of their 27 properties. You must make your reservation between Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th to obtain the discount, and you must complete your travel by December 21, 2013. Valid military ID required. For more details, visit the Military.com Discount Center.

Memorial Day Events

National Cemeteries

For a schedule of Memorial Day events at National Cemeteries around the nation, visit the National Cemetery website.

Washington DC and Surrounding Area

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.
PBS sponsors a FREE concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

National Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27, 2013, beginning at 2 p.m.
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.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 12 p.m.
First Amendment Demonstration Run at 12 p.m. After the Run, riders are directed to West Potomac Park where they will convene in the Mall area to pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.

Arlington National Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 2013, 11 a.m.
A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.

Navy Memorial
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11 a.m.
Rolling Thunder
visits the Navy Memorial and holds a wreath-laying ceremony featuring special guests and live performances.
Monday, May 27, 2013, 10 a.m.
Fleet Reserve Association Wreath laying, 12 p.m. U.S. Navy Band Concert, 1 p.m. Naval District Washington Wreath laying.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Monday, May 27, 2013, 1 p.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

World War II Memorial
Monday, May 27, 2013, 9 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.

Air Force Memorial
Monday, May 27, 2013, 9 a.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

President Lincoln's Cottage
Monday, May 27, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free guided tour of the USSAH National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wreath laying-ceremonies at the Soldiers' Home at 11:15 a.m. and at the Cemetery at 12:15 p.m.

Hometown Holidays
May 25-27, 2013
Memorial Day events begin May 27, 9 a.m.
The city of Rockville's Memorial Day event includes the Rockville all-volunteer band and Rockville Community Chorus, followed by a ceremony and town parade.

Viva Vienna
May 25-27, 2013
Family and community-oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community includes amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment.

Wolf Trap National Park
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert.. The Filene Center gates open at 6:30 p.m and the park closes once capacity is reached.

Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival
Monday, May 27, 2013, 1-7 p.m.
The City of Alexandria will host the 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St.  In case of inclement weather, the festival will be relocated to the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, located at 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free.

California

Memorial Day at the Presidio
Monday May 27, 10:30a.m.-1:15 p.m., in San Francisco
The Presidio's annual Memorial Day commemoration includes a parade of the 191st Army Band, veterans' organizations and distinguished guests. It starts at 10:30 am at the Main Post (near Sheridan and Lincoln Blvd.), and ends at the San Francisco National Cemetery. The formal program begins at 11 am and includes music and remarks by military and civilian dignitaries. This year's ceremony will pay tribute to World War II and Korean War Veterans. At noon, a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army's 75th Pacific Division signals the end of the program.

Hawaii

Natatorium Memorial Day Service
Waikiki War Memorial and ceremonies at Honolulu's major cemeteries.

Lantern Floating Hawaii
Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach where thousands of lit lanterns are released onto the ocean.

Punchbowl Cemetery,
Formal ceremony near Waikiki Beach where soldiers' graves are decorated with leis and flower wreaths. Live music and fireworks.

Washington State

Memorial Day Events in Washington
Visit the Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs page to see a list of events for Memorial Day.

Paris, France

American Legion Memorial Day Ceremonies
Events will be on May 25 and 26 at Lafayette Escadrille Memorial and American Legion Masoleum in Paris.

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Memorial DayThree years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
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