Memorial Day Events: Many Ways to Remember

flags-multiple-in-groundMemorial Day is an opportunity to remember all  those who died while serving the United States of America in all wars.

National Cemetery Ceremonies

An easy reference for all Memorial Day ceremonies at National Cemeteries throughout the United States is available HERE. This listing is in alphabetic order by state. Note that there is not a VA national cemetery in every state.

National Moment of Silence

On Memorial Day at 3 p.m., local time around the nation, Americans will pause for the annual Moment of Remembrance to reflect on the sacrifice of America’s fallen warriors and the freedoms that unite Americans. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains approximately three million gravesites at its 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico, as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites.

On Memorial Day at 3 p.m., local time around the nation, Americans will pause for the annual Moment of Remembrance to reflect on the sacrifice of America’s fallen warriors and the freedoms that unite Americans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains approximately three million gravesites at its 131 national cemeteries and has the potential to provide six million graves on more than 19,000 acres in 39 states and Puerto Rico, as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites.

To learn more about the history of Memorial Day, visit VA’s Memorial Day page.

- See more at: http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/May/Memorial-Day-When-America-Remembers.asp#sthash.tyM8C7bQ.dpuf

On Memorial Day at 3 p.m., local time around the nation, Americans will pause for the annual Moment of Remembrance to reflect on the sacrifice of America’s fallen warriors and the freedoms that unite Americans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains approximately three million gravesites at its 131 national cemeteries and has the potential to provide six million graves on more than 19,000 acres in 39 states and Puerto Rico, as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites.

To learn more about the history of Memorial Day, visit VA’s Memorial Day page.

- See more at: http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/May/Memorial-Day-When-America-Remembers.asp#sthash.tyM8C7bQ.dpuf

An Online Memorial

If you do not have time this weekend to visit a national cemetery or personally thank a military veteran for his or her sacrifice after more than 10 years of war, take just a few minutes and look into their faces. The 100 faces in 100 hours is a project of CNN.com and features photos and bios of 100 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines killed in Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Washington D.C. Ceremonies

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY – Monday, May 27  at 11 a.m. a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony is set at the Tomb of the Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the U.S. Air Force Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m.

NATIONAL PARADE – Monday, May 27, beginning at 2 p.m.
The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states steps off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. The National Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.

WOMEN IN SERVICE MEMORIAL – Monday, May 27, at 4 p.m. 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. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.


Navy MemorialMonday, May 27, 2013, 10 a.m. Fleet Reserve Association Wreath laying, 12 p.m. U.S. Navy Band Concert, 1 p.m. Naval District Washington Wreath laying.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Monday, May 27, 2013, 1 p.m. Veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor the U.S. armed forces.

World War II Memorial  – Monday, May 27, 2013, 9 a.m.  a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. Many surviving WWII veterans will be in attendance.

Air Force Memorial  – Monday, May 27, 2013, 9 a.m. wreath laying ceremony including the national anthem, invocation, speeches, the laying of the wreath and the sounding of Taps.

Florida Memorial Day Ceremonies

BAY PINES CEREMONY May 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bay Pines National Cemetery a ceremony honoring the fallen is set including musical performances, a firing salute, and taps performance.   A special performance and flag ceremony will be conducted by the Timber Creek High School Air Force Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). The 32,000 grave sites will be adorned with flags. This observance is the largest in the bay area drawing about 3,000 participants. Parking is available nearby. with shuttles to transport guests from the parking lots to the National Cemetery. The venue is handicapped accessible.  A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired.

SARASOTA PARADE – May 27 starting at 10 a.m. The procession begins at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and will continue Sarasota’s longstanding history of honoring military personnel.   At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony at 11 a.m. will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.  The theme is “Never Forget”.  The keynote speaker will be John Rosentrater, who has served as Director of the Sarasota National Cemetery since May 2012. The hosts are City of Sarasota in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee.

Other Florida Ceremonies

Barrancas National Cemetery
Naval Air Station
80 Hovey Road
Pensacola, FL 32508-1099
(850) 453-4108 or 453-4846
Ceremony: May 27 at 9:00a.m.

Bay Pines National Cemetery
P. O. Box 477
10000 Bay Pines Blvd., North
Bay Pines, FL 33504-0477
(727) 398-9426
Ceremony: May 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740 or 1074
Ceremony: May 27 11:00 a.m.

Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 766-5222
Ceremony: May 27 at 2:00 p.m.

South Florida National Cemetery
6501 South State Road 7
Lake Worth, FL 33467
(561) 649-6489
Ceremony: May 27 at 10:00 a.m.

St. Augustine National Cemetery
104 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
For information please contact: Florida National Cemetery (352) 793-7740
Ceremony: May 27 at 10:00 a.m.

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