Memorial Day 2022

This year, we honor the brave men and women who lost their lives protecting our freedoms with a powerful series of ceremonies and events at the Museum and online.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, no admission will be charged Memorial Day weekend (Sat. – Mon.). By donating what you can, online and in the museum, you pay it forward to honor Veterans, Gold Star Families and ensure future accessible programming for all.

May 13 – 30 | ANYWHERE

Memorial Day Virtual Run, Walk, Ruck and Roll

Please join us as we remember our servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country by running, walking, rucking, or rolling 1 mile, 5K in honor of a lost loved one or 10K (6.2 miles) to honor our service members lost from all six service branches from Friday, May 13 through Memorial Day on May 30.

May 18 – 30 | NVMM

“The Eyes of Freedom” Exhibition

We invite you to the Museum to experience The Eyes of Freedom which commemorates the 22 fallen Marines and one Navy corpsman of Ohio-based Lima Company L3/25. The exhibition is comprised of eight large panels with life-size portraits of the fallen service members with a pair of combat boots, most worn by the men represented, in front of each portrait. A candle is lit to memorialize each man’s fighting spirit.

May 19 – June 12 | NVMM

USAA Poppy Exhibit

Learn why the poppy flower is intertwined with Veterans when we debut the Poppy Exhibit on May 19. This interactive exhibit was created to memorialize our fallen military service members. By waving their hands in front of the screen, visitors can interact with digital poppies representing the more than 645,000 service members who have lost their lives in military service since World War I. With each movement, the poppies will shift to reveal facts and quotes about the conflicts and those who have died. The USAA Poppy Exhibit honors our Veterans and encourages our communities to always remember those who died in defense of our freedoms.

May 28 | 8 a.m. | NVMM

Veterans Jiu Jistu Seminar

Learn the gentle art of Jiu Jitsu from two accomplished BJJ blackbelts: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Joey Zente, founder of Veterans Jiu Jitsu in Austin, Texas, and U.S. Navy Veteran John Cofer, from Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Lakewood, Washington. Join us in honoring those who died in service to our country this Memorial Day weekend in this special class.

May 28 | 10 a.m.

Rooftop CrossFit Hero Workout

You are invited to the Museum on Saturday, May 28, when Clintonville CrossFit will lead us in the CrossFit Hero Workout, “Loredo,” which honors Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo, U.S. Army, who was killed in action while fighting in Afghanistan on June 24, 2010.

May 28 | 10:30 a.m.

The National Ride for Freedom

Rev up your engines for the National Ride for Freedom! The vibrations from this event are expected to be felt all over town as hundreds of motorcycles converge at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. All motorcyclists are welcome to take part in this commemorative ride. Live music, food and beverages will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.

Candlelight Vigil

May 29 | 7:30 p.m. | NVMM

Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil

Memorial Day is about honoring our service members who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. We’re holding a Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil on May 29 to honor families who have lost a loved one in service to our country.

May 30 | 10 a.m. | IN-PERSON OR ONLINE

Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us as we honor our fallen service members on Memorial Day with our annual Remembrance Ceremony. 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.

Honor Their Sacrifice. Support Our Mission.

Our mission every day, and especially around Memorial Day, is to honor the bravery and sacrifice of our fallen servicemembers by sharing their story. This work is supported by the generosity of members and donors across the country. This Memorial Day, help us honor the service of a loved one by making a special donation in their memory or by joining our Museum family as an Inaugural Member. When you donate online in memory of a loved one, be sure to let us know who we can notify of your special gesture this Memorial Day.


Big Lots!

From May 12-31, all 1,400+ Big Lots stores will provide customers with the opportunity to donate to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum’s mission as they check out. Thank you to Bruce Thorn, President and CEO at Big Lots, for investing in the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

Homage x NVMM

During the month of May, when you purchase items from Homage’s USA collection, a portion of the proceeds will be sent to the Museum. Plus, you will receive a complimentary ticket to the Museum with every item!


Our new online store, Shop NVMM, features an array of merchandise from shirts and hats to challenge coins, coffee and shaving products from Vetrepreneur companies. Shop NVMM also provides a one-stop shopping experience for branded NVMM apparel and gift items for those who want to show their support of our Veterans and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

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