Here are some of the events taking place in the Washington area this weekend in connection with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. All addresses are in the District unless otherwise noted. A full list of World War II-themed events through Labor Day can be found at www.washington.org/americacelebrates.
NATIONAL WORLD WAR II REUNION -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. An open-air event with music and dance from the 1940s, family activities, military equipment and reunion opportunities for members of the World War II generation. (See Weekend section for more details.) Mall, Third to Seventh streets. Free. 202-357-4574.
FAMILY FESTIVAL -- noon-6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Exhibits, films, music, dance and other activities to highlight American life during the 1940s. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
FILM ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEMORIAL -- 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday. A 60-minute documentary on creation of the National World War II Memorial, featuring interviews with key artists and craftsmen. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES -- 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Three Hispanic veterans of World War II talk about their days in the service. National Archives, Room 121, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000.
AFRICAN AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II -- 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Lecture and presentation by William H. Smith, producer of the PBS documentary "The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices." Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 1-877-622-8387.
ROAD TO VICTORY -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A musical that combines 32 war-era songs with ballroom, tap and lyrical dance, speeches, news reports and sound effects. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 21st and H streets NW. $30, $25 for senior citizens, $20 for those 18 and younger. 1-803-345-3092.
INTERFAITH SERVICE -- 10 a.m. To celebrate the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 1-800-639-4992.
DEDICATION CEREMONY -- 2 p.m. Dedication of the National World War II Memorial. Gates to ticketed viewing areas open at 8 a.m.; ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Mall. 1-800-639-4992.
HONORING AFRICAN AMERICANS -- 11 a.m., Hall of Honor program; 4 p.m., evening program and gala reception. Hosted by Black Patriots Foundation to honor living and deceased African American veterans of World War II. Reserve Officers Association Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE. Free; reservations required. 202-452-1776.
MUSICAL SALUTE -- 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Concerts by college, high school, community and church bands, choirs and orchestras from across the country. Performances in and around Washington, with all-day concerts at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW, free admission; and Mount Vernon, 3200 George Washington Pkwy., Mount Vernon, with concert included in regular paid admission. 1-800-395-2036.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT -- 8-9:30 p.m. Annual event combines musical performances with documentary footage and dramatic readings. This year's readings include stories of troops who landed on Omaha Beach. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. Free.
BIG-BAND CONCERT -- 8:30-9 p.m. dance lesson, 9-11 p.m. performance. An evening of swing dancing and live music performed by the Eric Felten Orchestra. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, River Terrace (rain location: Grand Foyer), 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES -- 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Lecture describing the contributions of Latinas during the war, followed by discussion by two Hispanic authors of their book on the role of Mexican Americans in the conflict. National Archives, Room 121, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000.
PARADE SALUTE -- 8-11 a.m. Parade honoring World War II veterans. Begins on Third Street at Madison Drive NW and proceeds west on Independence Avenue SW, ending at 12th Street. Free. 202-395-2036.
CEREMONY AND WREATH-LAYING -- 4 p.m. Dedicated to the servicewomen of World War II. Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Arlington. Free. 703-533-1155.
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE -- 8-11 p.m. Paying tribute to all veterans, sponsored by American World War II Orphans Network. National World War II Memorial Freedom Wall, 17th Street NW, between Constitution and Independence avenues. Free. 540-310-0750.
"THE FOUR FREEDOMS" -- 10 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; through Sept. 6. Exhibit of Norman Rockwell's paintings on the Four Freedoms, originally issued as posters in 1943. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $5; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for children 12 and younger, and on Mondays and Thursdays after 5 p.m. 202-639-1700.
VOLUNTEERING FOR VICTORY -- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through October. Exhibit tells the story of the role of the American Red Cross during World War II and today. American Red Cross Visitors Center, 1730 E St. NW. Free. 202-639-3300.
WORLD WAR II PHOTOGRAPHS -- 24 hours daily through June 1 and from June 28 through July 31. Associated Press and Union Station display more than 100 photographs of World War II, including Joe Rosenthal's picture of U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1908.
LIBERATION 1945 -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, from Sunday through June 15. Film honoring those who liberated concentration camps; will be shown twice an hour. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Free. 202-488-0400.
PATH OF AMERICAN LIBERATORS -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, from Sunday through May 2005. Photos, animated maps, wartime accounts and eyewitness testimony about the journey of American soldiers who landed in German-occupied Europe and their encounters with the concentration camps. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Free. 202-488-0400.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES -- 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 2. World War II photography from the Smithsonian Institution's holdings. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
AMERICAN WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II -- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. Exhibit honoring contributions women made to the war effort in government, community, industry, research and the home. Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Arlington. Free. 703-813-6209.
BEST OF WORLD WAR II FILM SERIES -- Through June 13; check www.afi.com/silver for showtimes. World War II-era movies from a list of 100 films voted the best of all time, sponsored by the American Film Institute. AFI National Film Theater at the Kennedy Center, 2700 Virginia Ave. NW; and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, $7.50 for seniors, students and AFI members. 202-833-2348 or 301-495-6720.
WORLD WAR II CHAPLAIN SERVICE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 26. Photos and artifacts paying tribute to U.S. military chaplains of all faiths. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
ART AND THE FREEDOM OF HUMAN SPIRIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays- Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 7. Display commemorating National Gallery of Art's wartime efforts to protect its collection and provide respite and inspiration to uniformed personnel and war workers in Washington. National Gallery of Art, Founders' Room, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
WOMEN AIR SERVICE PILOTS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 30. Exhibit highlighting the contributions of Women Air Service Pilots of Maryland. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children. 301-864-6029.
THE ROLE OF FAITH -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 6. Exhibit on the role that faith played in the lives of military men and women during World War II. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. Free (voluntary donation). 202-635-5400.
THE BUILDING OF THE PENTAGON -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 6. Exhibit on the Pentagon's construction and the War Department's additional projects in Arlington. Arlington Visitors Orientation Center, 1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington. Free. 703-416-0784.
WORLD WAR II HISTORIC FLAGS -- 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 6. Display of U.S. flag raised at Iwo Jima; the first American flag to enter Berlin in 1945; the Perry Flag, aboard the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered; and a flag constructed with a captured Nazi flag, a blue dress uniform and salvaged red fabric. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
A FAMILY'S STORY -- 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays- Fridays; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 6. Letters, uniforms and artifacts of the Pacific campaign, telling the story of one family's experience of service and sacrifice. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. $6, $5 for visitors who mention "America Celebrates." 202-965-0400.
WORLD WAR II COMBAT ART -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Fridays; Saturdays by appointment; through Sept. 3. Drawings, paintings and other media tracing the course of the war through the eyes of Marine artists. Marine Corps Museum and Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, 1254 Charles Morris St. SE, Building 58. Free; visitors must call ahead for admittance. 202-433-3840.