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Arlington National Cemetery honors nation’s vets this Memorial Day weekend with special itinerary

An Army soldier places a small American flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 26, 2011. (U.S. Army)
May 27, 2018

Arlington National Cemetery is paying tribute to the nation’s fallen veterans this Memorial Day, as they do every year, but with a special itinerary.

Many gather at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, during Memorial Day weekend to honor loved ones.

On May 25, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags at headstones for those buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in a 60-year tradition.

On May 27, the Honor Brigade takes place, where volunteers will individually honor each of the 878 post-9/11 fallen warriors buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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May 27 is also Run for the Wall, where more than 400 motorcyclists will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

And on May 27, there is the American Legion Riders Civil War Unknown Monument Wreath Ceremony, where more than 150 American Legion riders will participate in a wreath ceremony at the Civil War Unknown Monument.

May 28 is the second annual Sunrise photo shoot, where Arlington National Cemetery will host a sunrise photo shoot available at the cemetery. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

On May 29 at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Army Military District of Washington will host an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony in honor of President John F. Kennedy at his grave site in Arlington National Cemetery, marking his 100th birthday.

On May 29 at 11 a.m., the National Memorial Day Observance takes place to honor America’s fallen service members.

The Presidential Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and will be followed by the Department of Defense’s observance program in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater.

May 29 marks the Memorial Day Flower Foundation, and volunteers will hand out roses to visitors at Arlington National Cemetery. The volunteers will be stationed at the Welcome Center and Section 60 with the flowers. Visitors can then place the roses at a grave site throughout the cemetery.

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There are other annual memorial services conducted in the amphitheater. All ceremonies and special events are free and open to the public.