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Memorial Day in DC: 10 things you can do this weekend

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The National Memorial Day concert happens Sunday on the Capitol's west lawn. The National Memorial Day concert happens Sunday on the Capitol's west lawn.
WASHINGTON - By now we have all heard it, the awful news…. Memorial Day weekend travel expected to be NUTS! That’s enough right there to make me want to stay inside and hide from the hours of traffic.

Lucky for us, we live in the Memorial capital! So even if you decide to stay around town, you still have loads of things to do to enjoy the weekend, Memorial Day---  and most importantly, to remember and honor our troops!

Admittedly, I have never spent a Memorial Day in the District-- because I've only lived here since last October! So this year it will all be new for me…hence the reason I made a list of things YOU can do this weekend.

Let’s start the fun:

FRIDAY:


The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
isn’t until Sunday, but on Friday, May 24 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the group will be holding a candlelight vigil. Then on Sunday at noon, you can join the group again for their annual motorcycle rally.


SATURDAY
:

World War II Memorial:
Veterans will gather at 10 a.m. to celebrate the memorial's 10th anniversary. Wreaths will be laid in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during WWII.

Navy Memorial:  The Rolling Thunder will be laying wreaths as well at 11 a.m.  This event will feature special guests and live performances.


SUNDAY:


Arlington National Cemetery:
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., there will be a wreath-laying ceremony, as well as an observance program.  Both are open to the public. Doors open at 8 a.m.

The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally:
The “Ride for Freedom” will take place Sunday afternoon.  The ride draws over 900,000 motorcycle riders from all over the country to honor POWs and MIAs.

MONDAY:


National Memorial Day Parade
:
It's the largest of its kind in the U.S.  The parade will honor the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line.  Marching bands, active duty and retired military units, floats and hundreds of veterans will be a part of the parade along Constitution Avenue.  It begins at 2 p.m.

West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol:
  At dusk, the west lawn will become a concert venue.  This is a free concert and it's open to all.  This year, it will be co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.  A number of acts will also be performing.  You can find out more here.


There are a number of other events going on around the city as well this weekend. The Capital Wheel officially opens Friday, and of course there's Hometown Holidays in Rockville. But, also don’t forget, you can simply take a stroll around the memorials and monuments.  There you will likely find many of our veterans.

Let’s not forget what this day is really about. If you see a veteran, thank them. It’s a simple thing to do, just two little words, yet I know it means a lot.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all of the veterans who are reading this and to those we have lost… we couldn’t have done it without you.

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