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.
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.
2018 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, 18 May: Avenue of Flags raised in the National Cemetery
Saturday, 26 May: Placement of flags at grave sites
Sunday, 27 May: 2:00 p.m. Memorial Day Observance Program.
Information for groups interested in laying a wreath
Monday, 28 May, Memorial Day
Tuesday, 29 May: Removal of flags from grave sites