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 fees will be charged Memorial Day. 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.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, admission is free on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Weekend Events:
Saturday, May 27 | 8, 9 and 10 a.m.
CrossFit Hero Workout – “The Murph”
Do your next workout in honor of a Veteran who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Join the Museum on Saturday, May 27 to honor Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy.
Saturday, May 27 | 9 a.m.
Memorial Day Ride
Rev up your engines for the Memorial Day Ride! The vibrations from this event are expected to be felt all over town as hundreds of motorcycles converge onto the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. We welcome all that have a motorcycle to take part in this ride that reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day.
Sunday, May 28 | 9 a.m.
Jiu Jitsu Seminar with Dustin Ware
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 3rd-Degree black belt Dustin Ware joins us for a special Jiu Jitsu Seminar over Memorial Day Weekend. As a sports administrator for the Ohio School Athletic Association and Subject Control Consultant for the Franklin Country Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, Dustin is excited to bring his technique and skill to this special class at the NVMM.
Sunday, May 28 | In-Person & Virtual | 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Day Run, Walk, Ruck & Roll 5K
Honor Them Together. The NVMM’s Run, Walk, Ruck and Roll is a family event to honor America’s lost heroes, all service men, and service women, who died defending our country’s safety and freedom. The event features options to run, walk, ruck or roll in a 5K in honor of a lost loved one in your own life or to honor a servicemember.
Sunday, May 28 | 8 p.m. | Free
Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil
During Memorial Day weekend, we honor the sacrifices of our Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in service to our country with a Candlelight Vigil. Our guest speaker is Major General (Dr.) Sharon Bannister, U.S. Air Force, a Gold Star daughter.
Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m. | In-Person & Online
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country, as well as the families they left behind. We invite you to join us in reflecting on their sacrifice with our annual Remembrance Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. (ET) on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop.
Support While You Shop.
Our mission every day is to honor the bravery and sacrifice of our fallen service members by sharing their story. This Memorial Day, you can help us honor the service of a loved one when you shop at Big Lots! or Homage. Between May 18-29, Big Lots stores across the country will provide customers with the opportunity to donate to the NVMM’s mission as they check out and now through the end of May, when you purchase items from Homage’s USA collection, a portion of the proceeds will be sent to the Museum