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 to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month, and many businesses 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.
The following is a list of 2019 Memorial Day events. And check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events are planned for Memorial Day near you.
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS
National and State Cemeteries
To look for Memorial Day events at VA national and state cemeteries around the country, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Memorial Day ceremonies vary by cemetery.
Washington DC and Surrounding Area:
The annual 151st National Memorial Day Observance is Monday, May 27 at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington is conducting a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m.
PBS sponsors a free concert on Sunday, May 26 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack and features the National Symphony Orchestra. General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
The 2019 National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27 at 2:00 PM ET in Washington, DC, starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and ending at 17th Street.
On Monday, May 27, commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. The free cemetery tours are 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Click here to register.
Bikers will rally in the North and South Pentagon parking lots at 7:00 a.m. and depart at noon on Sunday, May 26. Then riders will be directed to West Potomac Park.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony at The Wall on Monday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27 at 11 am. The parade route is from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service.
Fleet Week New York is May 22 to 28. On May 27, there will be Memorial Day events, including the Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and the Memorial Day Commemoration at the Intrepid Museum. Visit the Fleet Week New York website for a full list of events.