One of the most important holidays in the United States is Memorial Day and this upcoming weekend marks the chance to remember those who died serving their country.
Because of its history, Washington is always sensitive to Memorial Day and hosts many events in its honor.
Here’s a rundown for how you can mark the occasion this weekend.
National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday May 26, 8 p.m.
Sponsored by PBS, this free concert takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert will feature plenty of high-profile star acts and these include Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.
National Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 27, 2 p.m.
The Marching Bands and Veterans unit parade from all 50 states starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets NW and marches along Constitution Avenue ending at 17th Street. The Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and featured parade prerequisites including patriotic floats and balloons.
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
Sunday May 26, Departure From The Pentagon at 12 p.m., Speaker Program and Musical Tribute at 1:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial
It’s a little bit of Sturgis in DC when thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington in an annual demonstration to improve veteran benefits and resolve prisoner of war and missing in action cases.
Sunday May 26, 10 a.m.
The Buffalo Thunder Memorial Motorcycle Ride begins in the Sears parking lot at 2101 Brightseat Road in Hyattsville MD and ends at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum (1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington DC)
Arlington National Cemetery
– Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will be joined by current service members from the U.S. Marine Corps in placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags at Arlington National Cemetery.
Monday May 27, 11 a.m.
A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Monday May 27, 4 p.m.
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial preside over a ceremony that includes a keynote address, wreath-layings and sprinkling rose petals as a tribute to fallen soldiers.
Saturday May 25, 11 a.m.
Rolling Thunder visits the Navy Memorial and holds a wreath-laying ceremony featuring special guests and live performers.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Monday May 27, 1 p.m.
Thousands of veterans and their families assemble in a moment of silence to honor the U.S. armed forces. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.
World War II Memorial
Monday May 27, 9 a.m.
Organized by the National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, guest speakers will offer their thoughts and remarks. Many vets will be in attendance.
President Lincoln’s Cottage
Monday May 27, 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
A free guided tour of the USSAH National Ceremony is available, but if you can’t make the specific timeslots, tours of Lincoln’s cottage are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., priced at $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Visitors are encouraged to pack a lunch.