Memorial Day Events

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While many associate Veterans Day and Memorial Day with service, the two are not the same. Veterans Day is a celebration of those who serve and have served. Memorial Day is a solemn day and a day to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased. 

On this page you will find our most up to date information on Memorial Day events around the country. Please check back frequently as this list will be updated until Memorial Day. Click here to find your local installation and find out what events they have planned for Memorial Day.

May is also National Military Appreciation Month and many businesses or organizations offer special discounts to veterans over the Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the Military Appreciation Month Discount Center to find out what offers are available throughout the month of May.

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

National Cemeteries

For a schedule of Memorial Day events at VA national cemeteries around the nation, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Memorial Day ceremonies vary by cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, and more.

NCAA Golf Championship

Golf Channel invites past and present military to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. The University of South Florida is hosting the 2015 NCAA Golf Championships at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, FL. As part of the “Salute to Service” program all members of the Armed Forces, all veterans and all military family members  will receive complimentary admission and parking on Monday, May 25th and Monday, June 1st.

Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities and events.  Army veteran J. R. Martinez is Grand Marshal for the Military Appreciation Days parade on Saturday, May 16, which also is Armed Forces Day.  Click here for more details and a list of events.

Washington DC and Surrounding Area:

National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET

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 guests along with the National Symphony Orchestra. General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.

National Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The nation's largest Memorial Day event, the 2015 National Memorial Day Parade, will take place on Monday, May 25 at 2:00 PM EDT along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.  The parade will be streamed LIVE on Military.com at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the parade will welcome back actors and noted supporters of our veterans Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. To take part in the parade virtually, click here.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally 

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 12 p.m. 

Rolling Thunder will assemble at the Pentagon Parking lots at 7:00 a.m and depart at noon. After the Run, riders salute the troops just north of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Navy Memorial

Monday, May 25, 2015 

The Fleet Reserve Association Wreath Laying Ceremony is at 10:00 am. The US Navy Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony with US Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard will place place at 1:00 pm. And the Veterans Writing Project Presentation is at 2:00 pm.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Monday, May 25, 2015, 1 p.m.

Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

Air Force Memorial

Monday, May 25, 2015, 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wreath-laying ceremony, open to the public.

New York

Lincoln Center

On Monday, May 25 enjoy complimentary tickets for Life & Remembrance at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

Fleet Week

Fleet Week New York is May 20-26, 2015. On May 25, there will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, demonstrations and parades. Click here for a full list of events. If you're in New York for Fleet Week, you can use the following discounts while you're there.

9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and 9/11 family members are free. Call the Reservations Department for other military discounts.

9/11 Tribute Center

Military members receive a $5 discount on admission to the 9/11 Tribute Center and a $5 discount on guided tours.

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo offers discounts to active duty and reserve members.  The discount includes free Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% discount for up to three family members.

Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum offers active duty and retired military free admission to the Intrepid and Intrepid/Space Shuttle Pavilion. Veterans get $7 off the All Access Pass.

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium offers discounts to any active duty or reserve military members, including free General Admission ticket.

New York MTA

MTA offers fare at a 25% discount off the one-way station fare.

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About Memorial Day

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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