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Honorary Celebrations Near ROSS’ Military Apartments

May 20, 2015

Annually, on Memorial Day, we honor each and every brave man and woman who has fallen while serving in our country’s armed forces. Over time, this significant day has grown into an entire weekend, marked by concerts, parades and other special events. And while Memorial Day weekend is special to every American, nowhere does it have more importance than in ROSS’ military apartment communities.

As a mark of our gratitude and respect for our active military residents, we present the weekend’s top five events in the metro DC area honoring our veterans and fallen military heroes:

  1. National Memorial Day Parade
    • Parade Highlights: “From the American Revolution up to present day conflicts, the Parade will commemorate the American spirit and the sacrifices of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve so we can live in the Land of the Free. The parade will include floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, and much more!”
    • Specific Details: Happening Monday, May 25, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Constitution Ave., Washington, DC – Free Admission, Family-Friendly
  2. National Memorial Day Concert
    1. Concert Highlights: “The National Memorial Day concert in Washington DC features a mix of dramatic readings, documentary footage and live musical performances, along with an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists.”
    2. Specific Details: Takes place Sunday, May 24, at 8:00 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, First St., NW, Washington, DC – Free Admission
  3. Arlington National Cemetery’s National Memorial Day Observance
    1. Memorial Day Observance Highlights: “A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.” Also, “the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.”
    2. Specific Details: Observance attendees are encouraged to be in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m., for the concert and wreath-laying ceremony. Additionally, members of the public are invited to join in on the personal tribute segment of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Service.
  4. Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival
    1. Festival Highlights: “37th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival commemorates Memorial Day. Performances by a variety of Jazz Artists, with food and beverage sales. The U.S. Army Blues, from The U.S Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’ will kick off the festival, followed by Ocho De Bastos featuring Latin Fusion; Earl Carter featuring Phillip Martin, with Smooth Jazz; then the Blue Crescent Syncopators with Dixieland Jazz and concluding with Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project with Straight Ahead and Swing.”
    2. Specific Details: This event will be held on Monday, May 26, from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, VA.
  5. Hometown Holidays Music Festival’s 71st Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade
    1. Festival Highlights: “The ceremony includes music by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Chorus, a traditional wreath-laying led by American Legion Post 86, a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard.” In addition to the ceremony, there is “the City of Rockville’s 71st Annual Memorial Day Parade [that] will top off a weekend-long celebration with more than 70 parade units including marching bands, drill and majorette units, floats and more!”
    2. Specific Details: Both the ceremony and parade will take place Monday, May 25, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Rockville Town Center.

It’s time you make the most of military living and discover a place that offers military members a variety of discounts – and great suggestions for weekend fun – by touring ROSS’ apartments with military discount.