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In Memory Day Ceremony 2013
The In Memory Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please arrange to arrive at the site no later than 9:15 a.m. There will be a tent on-site for family check-in. Upon check-in, you will receive a packet of information detailing your role in the ceremony (the reading of your loved one’s name during the In Memory Honor Roll Call and the laying of the tributes at The Wall).
The In Memory Day ceremony will be held rain or shine, so please come prepared for inclement weather. Also, please keep in mind that it is often cool and windy on the National Mall at that time of the morning.
Please let us know if you will be joining us, this ceremony is open to the public.
SPECIAL HOTEL OFFER
A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Crowne Plaza® Washington National Airport (DCA) hotel, for June 13th, 2013 to June 17th, 2013. The special room rate will be available until May 13th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To make a reservation please click here or call 1-888-233-9527 and give them the Group Code: VIE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is the closest airport?
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is 15 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Alternative airports: Dulles International (IAD) is approximately 45 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is approximately 1 hour from Washington, DC.
How do we get from the hotel to the Ceremony?
For those staying at the The Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport (DCA) hotel, complimentary shuttle service will be available between the hotel and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
How long is the ceremony?
Approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours. It begins promptly at 10:00am on Friday morning. Plan to arrive at 9:15am to check in.
What is the dress code?
Attire ranges from casual dress to “Sunday best” or “church” dress. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes that are not easily damaged. The Ceremony will be held outside on the grass – rain or shine. Should it rain, the area can become muddy. The mornings on the National Mall can also be windy and chilly. Please dress appropriately and monitor the weather reports prior to the event.
What is the Tribute?
The Tribute is a 9x12 clear plastic package containing the Honoree’s certificate created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The Tribute is left at The Wall at the conclusion of the ceremony. Families and friends may leave additional memorabilia within the Tribute package. In the past, families have left medals, ties, baseball and glove, photo collages, and other personal items. If you choose to leave an item at The Wall with the Tribute, we encouraged you to label it with the Honoree’s name so that the item can be properly archived by the National Park Service.
Map of Ceremony Site
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