Placing a wreath at one of the many monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Memorial Parks is a common practice throughout the year, especially around holidays and anniversaries. Organized wreath laying ceremonies that may include equipment setup, speeches, or an audience generally require a permit.
Applying for a Permit
Submit an Application for a Permit to Conduct a Demonstration or Special Event in Park Areas (Special Event Permit Application) to the Division of Permits Management in person or mail:
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Applications can be delivered Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, except during federal holidays or other National Mall & Memorial Parks office closures. Special Event Permit Applications are not accepted via fax or email. Applications are accepted up to one year in advance inclusive of the first day of setup.
Application Processing Cost
A non-refundable application processing cost of $120 is required with the submission of the Special Event Permit Application. Follow the instructions on the application form for submitting a payment by credit card, check, or money order.
A permits specialist will contact you if additional meetings, discussions, or documents are required and continue to walk you through the permit process. A Public Gathering permit must be issued prior to holding the activity in the park.
Things to Know Before Applying
A permits specialist will guide applicants through the permitting process and can also be contacted before applying to answer any questions. Please also review the Permits Resources related to your proposed activity.
Locations and Location-Specific Requirements
Most wreath layings take place at these locations. Contact the Division of Permits Management to discuss any additional potential areas.
Korean War Veterans Memorial Area A
Wreath laying ceremonies are permitted in Area A of the Korean War Veterans Memorial. A maximum of five people may lay the wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance or statues, while other participants may visit the wreath location at the conclusion of the event. Limited setup may include flags, chairs, and a podium in Area A. Other equipment must be discussed with the permits specialist.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial / Constitution Gardens Area 5
Wreath laying ceremonies are permitted on a lawn area between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Constitution Gardens, including all speeches, ceremonial events, and equipment setup. A maximum of five people may lay the wreath at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial's wall or statues, while other participants may visit the wreath location at the conclusion of the event.
World War II Memorial
Wreath laying ceremonies are permitted on the Ceremonial Entrance Plaza of the World War II Memorial. A maximum of five people may lay the wreath to a pillar or arch, while other participants may observe the wreath laying from the ceremony site and visit its location at the conclusion of the event. No organized activity is allowed in the area of the Freedom Wall of Stars.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes. Wreath Laying ceremonies can take place at any site outside of any restricted areas.
No, visitors may lay wreaths at monuments and memorials without a permit if there is not an associated ceremony.
Last updated: March 6, 2020