PHOTOS: Where to Go this Memorial Day
by Casey | Posted on May 21st, 2012
A three-day getaway is a rejuvenating way for your family to reconnect, and you can do just that while visiting the historic sites that honor America’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend in Virginia.
Near the Arlington National Cemetery is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial. On summer Tuesday afternoons you’ll find the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performing “The Commandant’s Own” and performing precision drills. This Sunset Parade is open to the public and free of charge.
Every conflict in which the United States has ever fought is represented by more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents who are laid to rest at the 612-acre Arlington National Cemetery.
Colonial Williamsburg is America’s largest living history museum, consisting of 301 acres and 88 original 18th-century buildings. Dine in one of the four taverns, browse The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and of course, participate in the period activities.
The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond includes the Shrine of Memory – a place to read more than 11,600 names of Virginia veterans who perished in war. The Memorial honors all veterans, but particularly those killed in World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf Wars. Also see the Torch of Liberty eternal flame, a reflecting pool, rose garden, and more.
Why is Bedford, Virginia the location of the National D-Day Memorial? The town that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses became the home of the Memorial, and that was Bedford. The Memorial pays tribute to the Allied Forces who participated in the largest land, sea, and air military operation in history – the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Take the walking tour of the grounds at Appomattox Court House. The buildings are original and have been restored to their original condition. The McLean House is the location where Generals Lee and Grant created and signed the terms of surrender for the Civil War.
There are 15 national cemeteries in Virginia. Visit one and speak a simple thanks to those who paid the price for the freedom you enjoy.
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