Memorial Day Weekend means parades and other events to honor the brave men and women who have served in the US Military. This year those events will be especially memorable, since 2014 is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landing that was the beginning of the end of of World War Two, and also the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One.
Here are some Memorial Day weekend events of note:
Washington, D.C: The National Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 26th, along Constitution Ave. from 7th Street, NW, to 17th Street. Participants will pass by the White House, the nation’s monuments, museums, and hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators. The parade includes floats; high school marching bands; veterans; service members; celebrities including Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014; and will be broadcast live to troops around the world.
- Note: The Washington Monument has re-opened after repair from damage by an earthquake. Read the ecoXplorer article on how to get tickets.
Boston: The Cambridge Memorial Day Parade features marching bands; active duty military personnel and veterans from conflicts ranging from World War II to Iraq. It begins at the Cambridge Commons and features a cannon salute by the Massachusetts Bicentennial Battery before winding through the city and ending at the Cambridge Cemetery. Massachusetts Military Heroes will plant the annual Garden of Flags with 20,000 flags placed in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
New Orleans: The Big Easy is home to the only National World War II Museum in the U.S., in the Warehouse/Arts district a ten minute walk from the French Quarter. There are reproductions of Higgins landing craft built here, which were instrumental in the D-Day landing, exhibits about the economic and political roots which led to the build-up and military mobilization of Allied Forces, oral histories and more, including a collection of aircraft, tanks, weapons and uniforms. Many of the volunteer guides are retired military.
New York City: Fleet Week is May 21-27, with a parade of U.S. Navy ships on the HudsonRiver, plus plus public visits of participating ships on the Hudson River and at the Staten Island Homeport. NYC also hosts a parade and ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest at 147 years.
San Francisco: There is a special ceremony at the San Francisco National Cemetery, located at the Presidio, on Memorial Day, where more than 30,000 men and women who served in the military are buried, including 35 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. San Francisco also is home to a number of other military attractions offering tours, including two World War II vessels that are now floating museums and the Fort Point National Historic Site.