While many associate Veterans Day and Memorial Day with service, the two are not the same. Veterans Day is a celebration of those who serve and have served. Memorial Day is a solemn day to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month, and many businesses offer special discounts to veterans over the Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the Military Appreciation Month Discount Center to find out what offers are available throughout the month of May.
The following list of 2022 Memorial Day events will be updated as information becomes available. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation to find out what events are planned for Memorial Day near you.
2022 Memorial Day Events
The Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony takes place at the Amphitheater. The president of the United States typically delivers an address at the Memorial Day ceremony. Numerous military and government organizations also conduct services. All ceremonies and special events are free and open to the public. Check back at the Arlington National Cemetery website for details as the date approaches.
The National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast on Sunday, May 29, 2022, live from the West Front of the United States Capitol, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. It will be livestreamed on PBS. This year's event will honor the memory of Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell. The concert venue is not open to the public as the Capitol complex continues its phased re-opening.
Hosted by the American Veterans Center, the National Memorial Day Parade returns in person for 2022 along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. The event begins at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2022.
The National Museum of the United States Army, which opened in late 2020 just south of Washington, D.C., is opening to the public for the first time with a series of special events to observe Memorial Day. Activities throughout Memorial Day weekend, which are free of charge, include a poppy flower-making activity, screenings of the documentary "Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day," a Memorial Day Remembrance and Moment of Silence, and the Operation Safe Passage experience.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial's annual ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri, will feature keynote speaker Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Larry R. Jordan. It takes place from 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 30, 2022, and is free to the public. The museum is also hosting a slate of other events and observances on Memorial Day and during the days leading up to the holiday.
This year's ceremony will be held Monday, May 30, 2022, at 1 pm. Keynote speakers include Chuck Hagel, the 24th Secretary of Defense; and retired Air Force Col. Edward L. Hubbard. To attend in person, you must register for a seat. There will also be a virtual showing of the ceremony at https://www.vvmf.org/live or on the organization's Facebook page.
A series of events to honor the nation's prisoners of war and missing-in-action is set to take place over the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. The "Rolling To Remember" rally is scheduled to conclude with a ride by thousands of bikers from RFK to the National Mall on Sunday, May 29. The motorcycle demonstration ride, hosted by AMVETS, is also a call for action to prevent veteran suicides.
The Heroes Honor Festival, hosted by military-empowerment nonprofit Engage Your Destiny and sponsored by Fox Nation, takes place at Daytona Speedway in Florida on May 27-28. The event, with planned appearances by Gov. Ron DeSantis and entertainers Toby Keith and Ann-Margret, is free for veterans and their families.
The American Battle Monuments Commission's Netherlands American Cemetery is holding a Memorial Day ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time on May 29, 2022, with the theme "Time Will not Dim the Glory of their Deeds." The ceremony is open to the public and will also be livestreamed on ABMC's social media channels.
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