SAN DIEGO, May 28, 2017 – Honoring the brave men and women in uniform who
have given their lives for our freedom is a long-standing American tradition
In 1971, the U.S. Congress made Memorial Day an official national holiday which is celebrated the last Monday of May every year.
Wearing red poppies on Memorial Day is a very popular tradition, and is symbolic of war-torn battlefields with their promise of recovery and new life as poppies were the first plants to grow following a horrific battle.
In 1915, John McCrae wrote the very popular and poignantly beautiful poem, In Flanders Fields:
“In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
Throughout Memorial Day weekend, there are opportunities to enjoy the company of family and friends, sharing barbecues, parties, parades and more. Memorial Day weekend is also a popular time for traveling.
Washington, D.C., with its many historical treasures, monuments, and the annual Memorial Day Concert on the Mall, is among the most sought after travel destinations over Memorial Day weekend.
Scheduled for May 28, 2017, The 28th annual National Memorial Day Concert is airing live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol.
Co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne, the National Memorial Day Concert is an inspiring night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
Joining them is an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists including: General Colin L. Powell, Renée Fleming, Gary Sinise, Vanessa Williams, Scotty McCreery, Auli’i Cravalho, Five For Fighting, John Ortiz, Mary McCormack, Robert Patrick, Christopher Jackson, Ana Ortiz, Ronan Tynan, Russell Watson and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.
The parade airs live on PBS Sunday evening from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, from the West Lawn Of The United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Or watch it here:
On Monday, May 29th, The National Memorial Day Parade, beginning at 2:00 p.m, is the country’s largest Memorial Day parade.
Or you can watch it here:
The televised parade honors those who have and do serve in the U.S. military with spectacular marching bands, youth groups, entertainers, Veterans and others, decorative floats, and plenty of patriotism and American flags
There will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:
- The parade will assemble in the following location and will be closed from 9 am to 5 pm:
- 7th Street between Independence Avenue, SW & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- Constitution Avenue, NW between 6th Street to 9th Street, NW
- The parade will start at 2 pm and run until 5:00 p.m.
- The parade will start at 7th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, the proceed down Constitution Avenue, NW
- The parade wlll conclude between 18th & 23rd Streets, on Constitution Avenue and Virginia Avenue NW.
- Total road closures will begin at approximately 1 pm until about 5 pm from 7th and Constitution Avenue Northwest to 23rd & Constitution Avenue Northwest.
Whether in Washington, D.C. or at home, enjoy the National Memorial Day
Parade in all its splendor!
Never forget the men and women in uniform who, since the inception of
this magnificent country courageously gave their lives so that freedom is
“On this Memorial Day,
Let us express our love and thanks
For the sacrifice you paid.
You served in honor
For many years and days,
And we will never forget
How you were strong and brave.”
-Excerpted from We Honor You Today, by Susan R. Smith
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!