10 Dec Memorial Event: Flames of Memory
Friday night begins one of my favorite events at the National D-Day Memorial – Flames of Memory. We will be lighting 4,413 luminaries from Friday, December 13th until Sunday, December 15th. This is one light for each and every Allied soldier, sailor, and airmen killed in action on June 6, 1944 as the Allied forces launched the largest amphibious operation in history. Luminaries will line the path from the Memorial’s entrance all the way to the Memorial’s wall of names in the main plaza. The Memorial is encouraging visitors to come see this stunning display of luminaries. Admission will be free but donations are appreciated on the night of the event. All proceeds benefit the National D-Day Memorial.
The public is invited to join us on site each night from 6PM to 10PM, free admission. Visitors are invited to walk through the site to experience this moving experience. In addition to the luminaries, visitors will hear the sounds of Christmas music through the site, and visit a special Christmas in wartime display with living historians in a 1940s encampment.
We at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation are very pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a “Wreaths Across America” location. A wonderful complement to our luminary event, the mission of “Wreaths Across America” is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” others about the sacrifices made by those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. This is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on Saturday, December 14 at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.