D.C.’s Weekend of Memories

It’s probably no surprise that the largest Memorial Day parade rolls in Washington D.C., right along Constitution Avenue at 2 p.m. on May 28th. But in addition to the parade, here are a couple other events you may want to see in our nation’s capital.

Veterans Parade Memorial Day 2018
Courtesy American Veterans Center

Memorial Day’s Eve. “West Wing” Press Secretary CJ Cregg (aka Allison Janney) will be one of the special guests for the National Memorial Day Concert, which unfolds on the West Lawn starting at 8 p.m., on May 27th. Janney is joined by other special guests, including Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, and General Colin L. Powell. Players include U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and Soldiers’ Chorus.    

Courtesy Newseum/ Maria Bryk photo

The news at any price. The two-story glass at Newseum posts the names of those who lost their lives in pursuit of a story. The rededication takes place on June 4th, remembering 18 journalists who died in 2017. 

Letters from home. Personal correspondences written on the frontlines and home front are the subject of “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I,” at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

American War Letters Memorial Day Washington DC
Courtesy Center for American War Letters Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, CA.

M.I.A. Clara Barton, best remembered as the founder of the American Red Cross, also helped locate soldiers who were missing at the end of the Civil War. Her former boarding house is now the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Of the 63,000 requests received for soldiers missing after the Civil War, Barton’s office was able to locate 22,000—not all of them dead. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday.