“Our military will stand steadfast and strong, continuing to protect us and fight for freedom. Remember that the men and women of the United States military have freely chosen to protect us and give us this gift of freedom; many have made the ultimate sacrifice which is a gift that can never be reciprocated in full, and they only ask for remembrance in return.
As some of our men and women of our Armed Forces are no longer with us and in the coming years our older generation of patriots becomes much smaller, we must memorialize our fallen heroes and celebrate our veterans as often as possible — while never forgetting. It is our obligation and responsibility to commemorate and honor the gift they have provided us and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for – FREEDOM.”
– Donna Lyons , Military Journalist, Washington, DC
While Memorial Day is often celebrated with flag-waving, patriotic observances parades and processions, it can also be a very personal observance grieving for comrades-in-arms and others who have lost their lives in military service and family members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
By remembering those who died in the fight – as well as those with visible and invisible wounds that will never heal – Americans honor them, and acknowledge their service – forever.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will honor and remember our nation’s “Fallen Heroes” at a special commemorative event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM. The ceremony in remembrance of Memorial Day will pay special recognition to the fallen from all wars with special recognition to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will provide the keynote address. The Norwegian Chief of Defense, General Harald Sunde, who will be accompanied by Norwegian World War II veterans, will offer remarks recognizing the service of the Norwegian veterans who fought alongside the 99th Infantry Battalion during World War II. The proud members of the 99th Infantry Battalion attending the event will be personally recognized during the commemoration.
Actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Nancy Sinatra and Ron Masak will also participate in the event.
The United States Army Band will play prior to the ceremony. The ceremony will begin with the posting of colors by the Military District of Washington’s Armed Forces Color Guard, short remarks by Admiral Mullen and General Sunde and presentation of memorial wreaths at the Freedom Wall of Stars by honored guests, representatives of the National Park Service, Friends of the National World War II Memorial and Senior Non-commissioned Officers from each of the services. The event will conclude with the playing of Taps.
This commemoration is sponsored by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and The National Park Service and is open to the public.
EVENT: Memorial Day at the National World War II Memorial
PLACE: 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
TIME: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
DATE: Monday, May 30, 2011
Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead,
Dear as the blood ye gave,
No impious footstep here shall tread
The herbage of your grave.
Nor shall your glory be forgot
While fame her record keeps,
For honor points the hallowed spot
Where valor proudly sleeps.