2023 Memorial Day Press Kit

Press releases, high-resolution images and more for editorial coverage of 2023 Memorial Day Events

For additional press questions, please contact Tamara Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications, at tbrown@nationalvmm.org.

Memorial Day

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.

About the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum takes visitors on a narrative journey telling individual stories and sharing experiences of Veterans from all military branches throughout history. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum pays tribute to the sacrifices of men and women in service and their families. History is presented through a dynamic, participatory experience with photos, letters and personal effects, multi-media presentations, and interactive exhibits. Together, these elements link our national story of service to the larger context of the world. 

Memorial Day Sponsors

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Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

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CrossFit Hero Workout – “The Murph”

Saturday, May 27 | 8, 9 and 10 a.m.

Join the NVMM and CrossFit Clintonville on Saturday, May 27, for a workout in honor Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Michael Murphy. Murphy was killed in action when he risked his life to call for help during an ambush while serving in Afghanistan in 2005.

There will be three separate times for you to be able to participate in this event: 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tickets include a commemorative Hero Workout T-Shirt, free Museum admission and free parking.

The Memorial Day Ride

Saturday, May 27 | 9 a.m.

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 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. Tickets include a commemorative Hero Workout T-Shirt, free Museum admission and free parking.

Jiu Jitsu Seminar with Dustin Ware

Sunday, May 28 | 9 a.m. | Free

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.

Memorial Run, Walk, Ruck and Roll 5K

Sunday, May 28 | 9:30 a.m.

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.

Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, May 28 | 8 p.m. | Free

During Memorial Day weekend, we honor the sacrifices of our Families of the Fallen 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 (Retired), a Gold Star daughter. Her father, U.S. Air Force Captain Stephen Rusch, was shot down over Laos in 1972. 

The Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil procession will begin on the Museum rooftop and travel down to the Soldiers Cross in Memorial Grove.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m. | Free | In-Person and Online

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all the men and women who have 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 beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop. The keynote message will be provided by General Michael Garrett, U.S. Army (Retired).

“Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember and honor all who have fallen while serving our nation. Please help make it a tradition to take time and remember those who gave their all for our freedoms through events here at the NVMM or online.”


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$1 Admission on Jan. 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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