Memorial Day Weekend Event Guide and Resources

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New features on the Veterans Legacy Memorial site

Find your Veteran and share your memories with new, more interactive features on the Veterans Legacy Memorial. Users can now upload images and documents, share a military service timeline and achievements and "follow a Veteran" to receive email alerts when new content is added to that Veteran's page.


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National Memorial Day Concert

The National Memorial Day Concert will air May 30 on PBS, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise.

The concert airs from 8-9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and and available as Video on Demand, May 30 to June 13.


Memorial Day History and Resources

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Disabled Veterans Memorial and the DAV 

Did you know the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., is the only national memorial in the capital for disabled Veterans? Watch the video and read how a group is keeping the memorial clean.


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Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Memorial Day message

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) understands and has been here each and every day for 27 years with open arms and hearts to welcome anyone grieving a military loss. On this Memorial Day and throughout the yearyou can honor all those who have served and died by supporting the families left behind. You need look no further than TAPS to find meaningful and impactful ways to do so.


Watch the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Discussions on RallyPoint

3 things Veterans think about on Memorial Day

"For those of us who have worn the military uniform, Memorial Day reminds us of the things we’ve fought for, those we’ve lost, and the impact our efforts may have had on the people we meant to serve, and the missions we meant to complete.

I don’t fault those who don’t pay the day’s significance the attention it deserves. This is because Memorial Day is only truly felt by the military community; our emotions are authentic and personal, and are difficult to explain to someone outside the military space.

It’s just not possible for them to relive experiences they’ve never had or reflect on things their eyes have never seen. As Veterans, we can’t fault them for that." - CPT Aaron Kletzing 

The Lives We Remember on Memorial Day

Does it bother you when someone says "Happy Memorial Day?

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National Parks Memorial Weekend Events and Veteran Park Passes 

Various National Parks across the country are holding events over Memorial Day weekend to honor heroes. Many memorials and monuments in national parks allow reflection on military service and sacrifice. 

Connect with national parks from anywhere through virtual experiences or visit a nearby park. Remember to plan your trip and check for changes in operations before departing. Please also see the latest safety guidance for visiting parks and recreating responsibly


Veterans and Gold Star Families are eligible to receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star Families for their support of our country.


Red Cross Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

Veteran and Military Discounts

Regal - Discounts at select theatres. Available at box office

Seaworld - Various discounts for active military and Veterans depending on location

ShopVCS - Save up to 35% on top brand tees from Under Armour, Grunt Style and more


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Veterans Crisis Line1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255
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White House VA Hotline1-855-948-2311

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