The Poppy Wall of Honor Returns to the National Mall in DC This Memorial Day Weekend

Poppy Wall of Honor
Veterans meet at the Poppy Wall of Honor on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 2019. (courtesy USAA)

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USAA Poppy Wall of Honor returns to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from May 27-29 for Memorial Day weekend. The temporary installation will honor the more than 645,000 American service members who have given their lives in service to the nation since World War I.

The Poppy Wall of Honor will be on display between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Constitution Gardens Pond, adjacent to Constitution Avenue NW (exact location can be found in Google Maps).

The remembrance poppy flower came to symbolize the ultimate combat sacrifice in the years following World War I. The wall features more than 645,000 poppies and stretches 133 feet long by 8½ feet high. Each poppy represents a U.S. service member who has fallen in combat since World War I.

    Here are the exact viewing hours:

    • Friday, May 27: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
    • Saturday, May 28: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST
    • Sunday, May 29: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

    In addition to the Washington return of the Poppy Wall of Honor, USAA unveiled two smaller Poppy Exhibits in U.S. cities last week. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, and the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, will host smaller temporary exhibits that will offer an educational and remembrance experience inspired by the Poppy Wall of Honor on the National Mall.

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