National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day is dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. This year, we will honor the brave men and women who lost their lives protecting our freedom with the largest series of events the National Veterans Memorial and Museum has seen since our inauguration. We invite you to honor them with us.

runners in a race, 5k


National Veterans Memorial and Museum Run, Walk, Ruck & Roll

Join us for the second annual National Veterans Memorial and Museum Virtual Run, Walk, Ruck and Roll to honor and remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The virtual 1-mile, 5K, and 10K run, walk, ruck and roll is a family event that can be safely completed at a location and time of your choice. Register by May 15 to receive your race packet including shirt and race bib number before May 23. We encourage you to complete your run, walk, roll or ruck during Memorial Day Week from May 23 – 31, 2021.

The Wall That Heals at night with flags and flowers left at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica


The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals, a traveling, 3/4 scaled version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Memorial Day weekend. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit will be open to the public 24-hours a day starting on Friday, May 28 and ending at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The wall is comprised of 140 unique panels, spanning 375 feet long and reaching 7.5 feet tall. The names of over 58,000 U.S. service members are inscribed on the wall.

Candlelight Vigil


Gold Star Candlelight Vigil

Memorial Day is about honoring those services members who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. For that, the Nation Veterans Memorial and Museum is holding a Gold Star Candlelight Vigil on Friday, May 28 to honor those families who have lost a love one with their service. The vigil will take place at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop, and continue down to the reflecting pool in the Memorial Grove. This honoring event will also be the official ground breaking event for our newest monument honoring Gold Star Families.

John and DeVere from the movie, The Last Signal, are sitting together embracing on the front porch, holding scaled models of the Navy ship they were on together.

SATURDAY, MAY 29 | 11 A.M.

Tracie Hunter: D-Day Screening and Panel

An exclusive viewing of the Emmy Award winning documentary, “The Last Signal”, will be playing at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum for a unique screening experience with Director Tracie Hunter. Tracie and a panel of guests will recount their stories and answer questions about the film, the events of D-Day and more.

Motorcycle Rally. American Flag in the background. Memorial Day Celebration

SUNDAY, MAY 30 | 9 A.M.

Ride For Freedom

The forged bonds of service will forever live on. To commemorate those bonds, we are happy to announce this year’s Ride For Freedom taking place on Sunday, May 30. Riders will start at Farrow North Harley-Davidson, travel through the streets of downtown Columbus and make their way to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Rev up your bikes or come out to witness this spectacular event rolling through downtown Columbus.

Color Guard

MONDAY, MAY 31 | 10 A.M. – 11 A.M.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Mark Memorial Day with our annual Remembrance Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. (ET) on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop. This year’s ceremony will include special messages and remarks from J. R. Martinez, a U.S. Army Veteran, burn survivor, actor and author, and our President and CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). Following this ceremony, continue to remember our beloved servicemen and women on social media. #IWillAlwaysRemember #NVMM #MemorialDay2021

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