Memorial Day Observance

A flag appears in the foreground before a monument with a grieving woman figure surrounded by headstones.
The Iowa monument and surrounding graves on Memorial Day.

NPS/Alan Marsh

Memorial Day has long been the most important day of the park's event calendar, with preparations beginning months in advance, leading up to a week's worth of activity involving staff, partners, volunteers, and the American public.

Join us to remember, or participate by volunteering in the Flag Program.

Each year the park hosts a series of activities to commemorate the Memorial Day Holiday. Learn more about previous speakers at the Memorial Day Service.

On the Friday before the holiday, the Avenue of Flags is raised in the National Cemetery by volunteers. Throughout the weekend, volunteers honor our veterans by participating in the Flag Program.

The focal point of all these activities is the Sunday afternoon Memorial Day ceremony which takes place at the National Cemetery rostrum. The service traditionally includes a musical program, speaker, and the placement of memorial wreaths.

2019 Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

The National Cemetery is open for visitors throughout the weekend, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 17 May: Avenue of Flags raised in the National Cemetery

Saturday, 25 May: Placement of flags at grave sites

Sunday, 26 May: 2:00 p.m. Memorial Day Observance Program.
Information for groups interested in laying a wreath

Cover Letter I Wreath Laying Registration

Monday, 27 May, Memorial Day

Tuesday, 28 May: Removal of flags from grave sites

Last updated: February 14, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Andersonville National Cemetery
National Prisoner of War Museum
496 Cemetery Road

Andersonville, GA 31711


(229) 924-0343

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