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Your Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in the DC Metro Area

May 17, 2017

Residents of ROSS’ military discount apartments will enjoy these local events that honor the men and women who have served.

There are few times of the year as perfect for honoring our military service men and women as Memorial Day. And there are few places in the country as perfect as the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to do that honoring.

We know how important this holiday is to the residents of our military apartments, so we’ve rounded up this list of events to make sure they don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate and remember our national heroes.

 

See “The Face of Battle” at the National Portrait Gallery

On display from April 2017- January 2018

Several leading photographers and artists have contributed to the 56 works inside, which show the immense sacrifice and extraordinary experiences of common soldiers. The museum is free to enter.”

 

The National Memorial Day Choral Festival

Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at The Kennedy Center

A powerful concert experience that features a 300-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra.” This concert is free of charge and you can request tickets online.

 

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

Sunday, May 28, at 8 a.m., starting from the Pentagon to West Potomac Park

Motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. … honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War. This “ride for freedom,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, draws more than 900,000 riders.

 

National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 28, from 8-9:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers.”

 

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Each year the Arlington National Cemetery holds a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public.

 

The National Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, at 2 p.m. on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets

“This televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military.”

 

Now that you know how to celebrate our brave military members and veterans on Memorial Day weekend, head to a community that celebrates them all year round. Stop by ROSS’ apartments with military discounts for a tour today!