A Grateful Nation Honors Fallen Heroes
This Memorial Day weekend, as we remember the ultimate sacrifice of our nation’s service members, there are many opportunities around the country to honor their memory.
Across the Country
National Cemetery Ceremonies
The National Cemetery Administration will host Memorial Day ceremonies at VA national cemeteries across the country, with the help of local communities. Most states have a Veterans Affairs national cemetery. View a list of VA national cemeteries with details of their Memorial Day ceremonies.
RallyPoint and Memorial Day Flowers Foundation have teamed up to make sure every fallen service member is remembered by placing a flower on every grave. You can volunteer where you live or at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more at remember.rallypoint.com/flowers.
Lantern Floating Hawaii, which will be held on Memorial Day, will bring together thousands of people on Oahu’s south shore. The ceremony is a personal and collective remembrance and reflection of gratitude for all those who gave their lives for our nation. The ceremony will be live streamed online at 6 p.m. HT that day. Get more information about the event.
Many New Hampshire towns will hold Memorial Day parades, picnics and ceremonies during the holiday weekend. WMUR has created a working list of events happening throughout the state.
In Massachusetts, especially around Boston, there are concerts, parades and memorial ceremonies being held during Memorial Day weekend. CBS Boston has a list of events happening in the area.
From Alameda to Yucca Valley, California has a host of Memorial Day events that include solemn ceremonies, parades, salutes to service, festivals, concerts and more.
VLB Texas State Veterans Cemeteries in Texas will hold solemn tributes to the fallen. The four cemeteries will hold memorial events on Memorial Day in Abilene, Corpus Christi, Killeen and Mission.
Grateful Nation Memorial Hero Wall
You can share the legacy of your fallen hero by adding your loved one to the TAPS Grateful Nation Memorial Hero Wall. Submit a photo and share how you honor your loved one, stories about a special time you had with him or her or about his or her personality and interests.
USAA Poppy Wall
USAA is honoring our nation’s fallen heroes through its virtual USAA Poppy Wall. Visit poppyinmemory.com to dedicate a virtual poppy to your loved one. Visit usaa.com/memorialday to learn more about the poppy symbol.