The National Park Service and its partners will honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country through virtual and in-person programming throughout the National Mall this Memorial Day weekend.
Wreath Laying Ceremonies
Monday, May 30
World War II Memorial – 9 a.m.
The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will pay tribute to the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during WWII in a special Memorial Day Observance at the World War II Memorial on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 9 a.m. The program will also be streamed live to the Friends' Facebook page. During the ceremony, World War II veteran Dave Yoho will offer personal remarks about his service with the U.S. Merchant Marine and World War II veterans will lay wreaths at the Freedom Wall in remembrance of their fallen brothers and sisters.The ceremony is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Vietnam Women's Memorial - 10 a.m.
The ongoing series “Vietnam: In Their Own Words - Story Telling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial,” continues on Memorial Day with remembrances shared by three Vietnam veterans – Macrina (Mac) Galloway (10:30 a.m.), who served in the Army Nurse Corps as a charge nurse with the 95th Evacuation Hospital at Da Nang, South Vietnam following the combat death of her brother in 1967; George Usinowicz (11 a.m.) who rose to Specialist 5 Combat Medic/Nurse and was later commissioned First Lieutenant Combat Engineer Platoon Leader; and CDR Anne Devney (USN, ret.) (11:30 a.m.) who served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1989, including service in Vietnam from 1971 -1974, and is a former board member of Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial – 1 p.m.
The annual Memorial Day ceremony is co-hosted yearly by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service to pay tribute to members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and in all conflicts. For those who can not make the ceremony, the event will be broadcast on https://www.vvmf.org/live and VVMF’s Facebook page on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 1 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested.
National Memorial Day Parade - 2 p.m.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Joe Buck, the National Memorial Day Parade returns LIVE in 2022! For the first time since 2019, the parade will travel Constitution Avenue between 7th Street and 17th Street in the nation’s largest Memorial Day salute to the men and women who have sacrificed for our country.
Korean War Veterans Memorial - 4 p.m.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation will host a ceremony and wreath presentation at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, to honor all who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. The ceremony is free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested.
World War I Memorial – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Taps will be played at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in honor of Memorial Day, sponsored by the Doughboy Foundation.
Many other sites around the National Mall honor America's fighting men and women, and those that have fallen in defense of their country.
Featuring all-star musical performances and tributes, the 90-minute broadcast of the 33rd annual National Memorial Day Concert will air on PBS and stream on YouTube and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. E.T., honoring our men and women in uniform, veterans, their families and all those who have given their lives for our country. After two years of virtual presentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will once again be a live concert broadcast to the nation; however, the concert venue is not open to the public as the Capitol complex continues its phased re-opening.
If You Go
The monuments and memorials on the National Mall, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
National Park Service rangers and volunteers (easily identifiable by their bright yellow hats and shirts) are on duty at all of the veterans memorials on Memorial Day to answer questions and provide information about how these memorials honor those who gave "the last full measure of devotion" to their country.
Please show your fellow visitors and the people honored by the memorials the proper respect during your visit. Bicycles and scooters are welcome on the National Mall, but please remember that riding is not permitted within the memorials themselves. Please walk your bike or scooter through the memorials, or use the designated parking areas provided. Your assistance in preserving a respectful and safe experience for all visitors is appreciated.