Memorial Day is coming up soon, and for seniors who are looking for ways to say thanks to the nation's service members, there are several events that may prove to be the perfect opportunities to honor this event.
For those living in Baltimore retirement communities, consider venturing to one of the following locations that are holding special deals and events to celebrate this national holiday:
Visit Fort McHenry
This fort, which dates back to the early 1800s, remains one of the most prominent structures in Maryland history. It was used as a defensive shelter in the War of 1812 and the Civil War, but according to the monument's website, it was most actively used during World War I, when the site acted as a military base that provided medical service and treatment to service members. The hospital was closed and the site was named a national park in 1925, but it was reopened during World War II when it was converted to a Coast Guard training station in 1942. Just three years later, however, the training station was torn down and the site became a park again.
This Memorial Day weekend, Fort McHenry invites people from across the state to visit and participate in several different ceremonies to honor the troops. May 24, 25 and 26, staff members will be laying wreaths on grave markers in three different cemeteries. Additionally, park rangers will be holding talks to give attendees a greater understanding of the park and its history. On Monday, May 26, the fort will honor the National Moment of Remembrance in the Star Fort.
Venture to the Memorial Day Concert in D.C.
Washington, D.C., will be bustling during this holiday weekend, as thousands of tourists are expected to visit the city to honor Memorial Day. On May 25, several of the nation's top musicians will participate in the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place on the Capitol lawn. The National Symphony Orchestra will play, and other entertainers will include "The Voice" champion Danielle Bradbery, actress Dianne West, and hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. Additionally, the ceremony will honor veterans who have returned from or were injured in Afghanistan.
2nd Annual Field of Honor
Seniors living in Baltimore should drop by the 2nd Annual Field of Honor held by Colonial Flag Foundation at Charlestown Retirement Community. Visitors will have the opportunity to view hundreds of American flags as they wave in the wind, standing tall as tributes to the troops. The flags will be in view for the days surrounding Memorial Day, welcoming visitors from around the state.