Memorial Day is a National Holiday and one that marks the transition into summer for many. Unfortunately much of the holiday has been lost and replaced with the celebrations that go hand in hand with a long weekend. It is time to once again capture the meaning of the holiday and the purpose of the day which is reflection and gratitude for the lives of those lost while serving in the U.S. armed services. It is not to be confused with Veterans Day which celebrates the service of all military personnel both living and dead.
Many are unaware that there was an official “National Moment of Remembrance Act” passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 2000 to form the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. There is encouragement for all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3PM local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to honor and remember all military service men and women that died in service to their nation.
By sharing the knowledge of this Memorial Day Remembrance Event you can help encourage others to honor our fallen heroes.
A great place to spend Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 is in the DC area. On the Thursday before Memorial Day soldiers will be placing American flags in the front of every gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery. Monday will mark an especially touching wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. Army Band will conduct a grand parade at Arlington after the wreath-laying ceremony.
The eve before Memorial Day, Sunday, May 26th, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol there is a free Memorial Day Concert with special guest artists sponsored by PBS with broadcast on the PBS network. The concert includes the National Symphony Orchestra as well as other groups and singing artists such as Chris Mann and Katherine Jenkins. Colin Powell is slated to speak about the meaning of Memorial Day and there will be other appearances including Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.
A very special Virtual Wall of Remembrance can be visited online and you can also leave a note of remembrance. Your remembrance can also be delivered directly to the DC Memorial that relates to the war conflict that involved your friend or family member. For more information click here: Virtual Wall of Remembrance.
The history, venues and slated special events make DC a very special place to spend Memorial Day which is observed on Monday, May 27. There are hundreds of thousands of celebratory events being held across the nation. Most will occur on Monday, May 27 but some events will be held on Thursday, May 30 which is the official and traditional Memorial Day with the last Monday of the month being the federal holiday observance. Support those organizations that will honor Memorial Day on the 30th as well by attending traditional Memorial Day observances.
As a reminder, days following Memorial Day the countdown will begin for to the annual DC Jazz Festival to be held June 5 to June 16. Across numerous stages including The Kennedy Center, the Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, and various clubs and locations there will be over 125 performances. There are a variety of favorite performers to be on hand as well as new exciting acts. For details on the performers and the locations visit the official DC Jazz Fest Web site. Make sure to come by and see CAISO perform again this year at the DC Jazz Fest. We will be performing on June 8 from 7PM to 8:30PM at Gallery O on H Street (1354 H Street NE, DC). Stay afterwards to see Little Red and the Renegades. Hope to see you there!