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4 Ways to Observe Memorial Day with Arlington, Virginia

This year’s Memorial Day will be very different from those in the past for most Americans. But the tradition of remembering and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country is steadfast.

Whether you’re here in Arlington – home to national treasures including Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial, Air Force Memorial and National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial – or far away, you can commemorate Memorial Day with us online through an array of virtual experiences.

1. Virtual Exhibit on the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater Centennial

Although Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is currently closed to the public, you can learn about the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Memorial Amphitheater in ANC’s first online exhibit. Explore the cemetery’s hallowed grounds, learn about the construction and evolution of the Memorial Amphitheater, hear an audio lecture about the history of the Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and much more.

2. The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall Television Special

The annual National Memorial Day Parade, usually held just across the Potomac River from Arlington in Washington, D.C., shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. It’s the nation’s largest Memorial Day event, and in a normal year brings together thousands of people to pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice while in military service to the United States, as well as those who are serving and have served. Since this year’s parade has been canceled due to the pandemic, its spirit lives on in a very special original television program: The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall.

3. 23rd Annual Women's Memorial Day Program

The Women in Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) in Arlington will be hosting its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony this year via its Facebook page. Join the Women’s Memorial community online for this special event on Monday, May 25, at 4 p.m. ET. Located at the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery, the Women’s Memorial is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. The organization is proud to recognize their devoted patriotism and bravery as an integral part of the United States’ national heritage.

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4. Rolling to Remember Ride Challenge

For 32 years, Arlington and Washington, D.C., have been home to a motorcycle demonstration on Memorial Day weekend to raise awareness of the critical issues facing America’s veterans and demand action for the 82,000 service members missing in action. On May 24, 2020, the tradition will continue through the Rolling to Remember Ride Challenge in conjunction with the REVER motorcycle app. Organized by AMVETS, this challenge empowers individual riders nationwide to ride in their own communities and demand action, with all participation tracked through the REVER app. Riders are urged to ride 22 miles to never forget Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, and to fight for real solutions to the veterans suicide crisis.

Learn more about Memorial Day in Arlington here.

Author: Emily Cassell