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African American Civil War Memorial
1925 Vermont Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The African American Civil War Memorial serves as a reminder of the war that divided a nation and those who struggled for freedom and equality for all. The monument is the only national memorial for the soldiers of color who gave their lives in the Civil War’s fight for freedom. This 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, so the African American Civil War Memorial is especially significant on this holiday.
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
One of the most popular national sites for honoring Memorial Day is the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of veterans and historical figures. It offers special tours and hosts special services throughout Memorial Day weekend.
555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., the Newseum has amassed a very special exhibition. This intimate look into the life, politics and career of one of the most iconic presidents is incredibly moving and intriguing. The death of the 35th president was so shocking to the nation that many today still find it important to recognize JFK on such somber occasions as Memorial Day.
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Starts at Constitution Ave. and 7th St. N.W.
>Washington, DC 20001
Date: May 27, 2013
One of the best Memorial Day celebrations for families and groups is the National Memorial Day Parade. The parade marches down Constitution Avenue beginning at 7th Street, passes the White House and concludes at 17th Street. Prior to the start of the parade, there are performances and activities for viewers beginning at 1 p.m. at the viewing stand near the National Archives.
President Lincoln’s Cottage
140 Rock Creek Church Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, visit the site where President Lincoln lived when he wrote the document to free the slaves. The assassination of any beloved president is worth remembering on Memorial Day. President Lincoln’s Cottage is committed to providing unique programs to continue President Lincoln’s discourse of freedom, equality and justice in America.