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 a series of ceremonies and events at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and online for those who cannot be here. We invite you to remember them with us. Please consider making the Museum part of your Memorial Day plans. Admission will be free on May 31.

Thank you to our Memorial Day Weekend Sponsors

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-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum grounds Memorial Day weekend. The Wall will be open to the public 24-hours a day starting Friday, May 28 and ending at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The names of over 58,000 U.S. service members are inscribed on 140 panels, spanning 375 feet in length. Don’t miss the Mobile Education Center onsite as well.

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.

Candlelight Vigil

FRIDAY, MAY 28 | 8 p.m.

Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil

Memorial Day is about honoring our service members who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is holding a Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil on Friday, May 28 to honor families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. The vigil procession will begin on the museum rooftop, and travel down to the Soldiers Cross in Memorial Grove.

Color Guard

MONDAY, MAY 31 | 10 A.M. – 11 A.M. Live and Online

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 NVMM 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 Museum admission will be free all day on Memorial Day.

SATURDAY, MAY 29 | 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Live and Online

Exclusive Film Premiere of “A Rendezvous with Destiny” documentary

The museum is proud to be host the exclusive premiere of filmmaker, Tracie Hunter’s World War II documentary, “A Rendezvous with Destiny”. Hunter is an Emmy Award-winning director for her work, “The Last Signal.” Her film is based on the book, “Three of the Last Screaming Eagles,” by Jos Groen. One or more of the WWII, 101st Airborne Veterans from the film will be present: Dan McBride, Jim Martin and Dick Klein. These Veterans parachuted into Normandy the night before D-Day and fought their way to Hitler’s Eagles Nest. Witness heroism and bravery as they share their stories in their own words. Additional VIP guest attendees include D-Day Omaha Beach Veteran Lawrence McCauley.

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

SATURDAY MAY 29 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Motorcyclists are invited to rendezvous at the Museum on Saturday, May 29, as part of the Ride2NVMM. There is no organized start point for this ride. Watch for more details and a link from the ride organizers when available. The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET).