Remembering and Honoring the Fallen
Memorial Day 2022
“It doesn’t take a hero to order soldiers into battle.Norman Schwarzkopf
It takes a hero to be one of those soldiers who goes into battle.”
What is Memorial Day?
This year Memorial Day is on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday for remembering the servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is traditionally observed on the last Monday of May.
Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service by observing a national moment of remembrance with a minute of silence at 3:00 PM local time.
National Memorial Day Observance May 30, 2022
The nation’s 154th National Memorial Day Wreath-Laying and Observance Program to honor America’s fallen will be live-streamed from Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) at noon EDT, Monday, May 30.
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This will be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
A prelude by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will begin in the amphitheater May 30 at 8:15am Pacific Daylight Time.
The public is encouraged to view the ceremonies live at: www.dvidshub.net/webcast/28869.
If you are planning to visit the cemetery over Memorial Day weekend, please review access instructions, tips and listing of scheduled events at https://arlingtoncemetery.mil/Visit/Getting-Here/Directions.
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been the heart of Arlington National Cemetery.
As a sacred memorial site and the grave of three nknown American service members, the Tomb connects visitors with the legacy of the United States armed forces throughout the nation’s history.
It is a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Today
In its first century, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has evolved into a national place of commemoration connected to all of American history. What began as a single grave now symbolizes service and sacrifice in all U.S. wars. Visitors to the Tomb honor not just the three Unknowns interred here, but also all American unidentified and missing service members who rest in national cemeteries across the United States, in American military cemeteries around the world, and in unknown or unmarked graves. At the Tomb, they are never forgotten.
View or Download “A Century of Honor: A Commemorative Guide to the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier,” researched and written by the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.
Poppies as a Memorial Day Remembrance
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. And some wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war. This is a tradition that began with a World War I poem.
“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Memorial Day Weekend 2022
Many see Memorial Day as the “unofficial start of summer.”
Memorial Day for most means barbeque and Black Friday-style blow out sales.
The month of May is also National Military Appreciation Month. There are multiple Memorial Day events, ceremonies and retailer discounts honoring veterans.
Military Appreciation Month Discounts May 2022
May is National Military Appreciation Month and veterans, service members and their families are being honored with free admission, discounts, deals, and sales.
Note: For theme parks and brick and mortar locations reporting discounts be sure to check for closures and changes due to these ever-changing times.
Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Deals 2021
Memorial Day is a day for parades and remembrance, picnics and barbecues — and deals! A number of restaurants and retailers are offering discounts and freebies over the Memorial Day weekend.
Click below for Memorial Day restaurant deals, shopping deals and gift card bonuses.
Memorial Day Travel 2021
An estimated 39.2 million people are predicted to travel this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.
The 2020 Memorial Day travel was the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.
In 2022, more than 39 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2022 Memorial Day holiday weekend.
This is 3 million more than traveled for Memorial Day in 2021. The 8.3% increase will be the second highest growth in travelers for this holiday weekend since 2010. Nearly 35 million people will travel by car, an increase of 4.6%.
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Go Silent – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
This Memorial Day, remember to Honor the Fallen.
#GoSilent with IAVA at 3:00 PM local time.
This Memorial Day, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will lay a wreath before local veterans’ monuments, and later pause for a moment of silence at 3PM local.
Gather your friends and family across the country and pause with us for a national moment of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Folds of Honor: Educational Scholarships
for Spouses and Children of America’s Fallen
and Disabled Service-Members
Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth a singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.
Folds of Honor has grown from a vision into a movement. The folded flag is a constant reminder of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support.Back to top
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