Historic places to celebrate Memorial Day 2018

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Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season.

We've listed special places to celebrate and to honor the people who served in the military. Some events are well known and some are smaller events at local institutions. If you know any which you think should be added to this list, put them in the comments.

 

2018 Celebrate Commemorate Parade in Waterloo, NY

2018 Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day
May 26 - 30, 2018
Waterloo, New York

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the "Birthplace of Memorial Day." This annual event is loaded with events including the annual parade, exhibits, concerts, car shows, Tribute to the Fallen walk, living history event and many more.

More about 2018 Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day here.

 


 

2018 National Memorial Day Concert

2018 National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 27, 2018
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

An annual broadcast spanning for almost three decades, the National Memorial Day Concert is dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Featuring a star-studded line up including the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and many more.

More about the 2018 National Memorial Day Concert here.

 


 

The National WWII Museum - Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day 2017 at The National WWII Museum
May 26 - 28, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana

Highlighting the service and sacrifice of the fallen by working with the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II. This three-day event will feature a concert event by the Marine Corps Band New Orleans, a commemoration ceremony and a moment of silence for our fallen before ringing the Normandy Liberty Bell.

More about Memorial Day 2018 at The National WWII Museum here.

 


 

Memorial Day Weekend 2018 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at The National WWI Museum and Memorial
May 25 - 28, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri

Spend the Memorial Day with various activities throughout the weekend including helicopter and vehicle displays, hands on history events, concert events and dedication ceremony. The Museum also invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and more.

More about Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at The National WWI Museum and Memorial here.

 


 

151st Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

151st Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies
May 28, 2018
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

One of the oldest continuing ceremonies in the country in honor of those who died serving the country, the Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade features many flags of past and present military members, prominent speakers, reenactors and musical performances. The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

More about the 151st Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies here.

 


 

Memorial Day Remembrance at Bennett Place State Historic Site

Memorial Day Remembrance at Bennett Place State Historic Site
May 26 and 27, 2018
Durham, North Carolina

Annual Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages. Bennett Place State Historic Site.

Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation’s history in this annual Memorial Day remembrance. A Special traveling exhibit entitled “Profiles of Honor” will be on site for both days.

More about the Memorial Day Remembrance at Bennett Place State Historic Site here.

 


 

Memorial Day Weekend at Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery
May 28, 2018
Arlington, Virginia

Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's heroes in solemn remembrance. Events taking place at Arlington National Cemetery include an Honor Brigade, wreath laying ceremonies, Sunrise phot shoot and National Memoral Day Observance among others.

More about Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery here.

 


 

Memorial Day Service at Gilbert Historical Museum

Memorial Day Service at Gilbert Historical Museum
May 28, 2018
Gilbert, Arizona

The service begins with a flag ceremony, the laying of wreaths and recognition of veterans in attendance, as well as musical entertainment and a variety of speakers. All Gilbert residents are encouraged to attend to honor those who have died in service and those who continue to serve today.

More about Memorial Day Service at Gilbert Historical Museum here.

 


 

The 91st Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

The 91st Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Great Neck, New York

Held annually since 1927, where hundreds of men and women and boys and girls including veterans, active duty and reserve military personnel, police officers, firefighters and volunteers come together to remember and honor the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives to protect the rights and freedom that we enjoy today.

More about the 91st Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade here.

 


 

Memorial Day Celebration at Victory Arch

Memorial Day Celebration at Victory Arch
May 28, 2018
Newport News, Virginia

Originally built in 1919, returning War War l troops disembarked from ships and marched through the Victory Arch in Victory parades. Today, this annual event honors our fallen heroes. After the ceremony, the public is invited to learn about America's rich military heritage at the Virginia War Museum.

More about the Memorial Day Celebration at Victory Arch here.

 


 

Memorial Day Ceremony in Honor of Gwinnett Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day Ceremony in Honor of Gwinnett Fallen Heroes
May 28, 2018
Lawrenceville, Georgia

This annual event honors our county's fallen military and public service personnel. A taped version of the ceremony can also be viewed on the television or streamed online.

More about the Memorial Day Ceremony in Honor of Gwinnett Fallen Heroes here.

 


 

Evergreen Washelli's 92nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Evergreen Washelli’s 92nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration
May 28, 2018
Seattle, Washington

An annual Memorial Day Commemorative Service, join in honoring America’s heroes and heroines, and salute the flags on their “Avenue of Colors”. Activities include a flag placement ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a concert and a Service of Remembrance in the afternoon.

More about Evergreen Washelli’s 92nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration here.

 


 

Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI

2018 Memorial Day Observance at Wood National Cemetery
May 28, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Celebrate Memorial Day in Milwaukee's only national cemetery.

More about 2018 Memorial Day Observance here.

 


 

 

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