Memorial Day 2010 events

Some residents fled to the beaches for the holiday weekend, while others participated in parades. More than 250,000 flags were placed on graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
Sunday, May 30, 2010


MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE, a tribute to Gaithersburg residents who died while serving in the armed forces. Event includes speaker Maj. Dave Buffaloe, a strategic planner for the Army Transformation Office, followed by music and a wreath-laying ceremony. Items will be collected for the Adopt-a-Unit drive to send overseas. 2 p.m., Christman Park, 304 W. Deer Park Rd., Gaithersburg. Free, registration for the ceremony requested. 301-258-6350, or

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM, hosted by the Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82. 1 p.m. at the Post, 6330 Crain Highway, La Plata. 301-934-8221.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, Jack Everly leads a musical salute and a special tribute on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War; co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna introduce Gen. Colin L. Powell, Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, Kelli O'Hara, Dennis Haysbert, Yolanda Adams, Katherine Jenkins, Blythe Danner and A.J. Cook, with additional music by the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Army Chorale, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants; take a blanket or folding chair. Gates open, 5 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-619-7222.

U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL PROGRAMS, staff members lead a "Stories of Service" training workshop where visitors may learn to create a digital story about a favorite veteran or write a memoir. 9 a.m.-noon. "Spirit of '45" workshop to prepare for the Aug. 14 "Spirit of '45" nationwide celebration, guest speakers actor Hugh O'Brian and Ann Bennett Mix, American WWII Orphans Network. 1-4 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300,


33RD ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL, Jazz Ambassadors Dixieland Band, Joe Baione Trio, Al Williams, Larry Brown Quintet and Kaleidoscope Orchestra. Food available or bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets. Pets not allowed. 1-7 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

66TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AND PARADE, a 9:30 a.m. ceremony will take place at the Grand Stand on Maryland Avenue. The 10:30 a.m. parade will feature drill teams, marching bands, community groups, military units and more, beginning at Martins Lane and North Washington Street and continuing through Maryland Avenue and Rockville Town Center; part of the three-day "Hometown Holidays" celebration. 9:30 a.m., Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue. Free. 240-314-8620 or

ALEXANDRIA MEMORIAL PROGRAM, a wreath-laying ceremony and a tribute to the 67 Alexandrians who died or went missing in action during the Vietnam War. 11 a.m., Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in front of Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-325-4631.

FALLS CHURCH MEMORIAL DAY FALLEN VETERANS CEREMONY, Specialist Stephan L. Mace, a soldier killed in Iraq on Oct. 3, 2009. will be honored. Mace's family will speak about their son and receive a "Plaque of Honor." 11 a.m., Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. Free. 703-248-5027.

"HONORING OUR FALLEN WARRIORS," wreath-laying and guest speakers. 9 a.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-619-7222.

JCC MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM, a program to honor American veterans who served in all wars, will include a brief history of Memorial Day and the story of a British general who is credited with helping to establish what is now know as the Israeli Defense Forces. 2-3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Adler Monument, just outside the JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-8810.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and speakers Ret. Lt. Col. Lisa Cramer and Post Commander Michael Conner, sponsored by the American Legion Alexandria, Va. Post 24. 11 a.m., Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes St. Free. 703-967-2684.

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