Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Remember our fallen service members on Memorial Day with our annual Remembrance Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. (ET) on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop. Major General John C. Harris, Jr., U.S. Army Adjutant General, Ohio, will share remarks, and Cheryl Mason, Chairman of the Board of Veteran’s Appeals, advocating for and serving Veterans, will provide our keynote message. She will share her journey coming full-circle by being the descendant of Veterans, and now the Chairman of the Board of Veteran’s Appeals, advocating for and serving Veterans.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, no admission will be charged Memorial Day weekend (Sat. – Mon.).

Cheryl L. Mason serves as the Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board). As Chairman, Ms. Mason leads a team of approximately 1200 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys, and operations and administrative professionals to meet the Board’s mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals on benefits and services for Veterans and their families.

Ms. Mason is accountable for the efficient and effective management of Board resources and executing a budget more than $190 million. The Board is the Secretary’s designee to decide appeals arising from all three administrations: Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration as well as the Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Mason is the first woman to hold the position of Chairman.

Ms. Mason is the spouse of an Air Force Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran who died by suicide. She advocates for changing the culture and increasing awareness surrounding mental health and suicide awareness/prevention. Chairman Mason also is a key leader in the military spouse employment initiative, working to share best practices to encourage recruiting, hiring and retention of military spouses to support military readiness as well as transitioning Veterans.

Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ms. Mason received her B.A. with Distinction in Political Science and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Mason began her legal career in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska.

Can’t join us in person? Stream the ceremony.

The event is finished.


May 30, 2022


10:00 am
TUES-SUN 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
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