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Washington D.C. Dedication Ceremony Timeline


Washington D.C. Dedication Ceremony Timeline

  • A four-day Tribute to a Generation dedication celebration will take place in Washington, D.C., May 29-30, 2004, on the National Mall.
  • A National World War II Reunion will take place on the National Mall Thursday through Sunday, May 27-30, from 11:00 a.m. to 7: p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Reunion activities include a Reunion Hall where members of the WWII generation can gather and meet with former comrades; Veterans History Project Tent; Veterans Services Area; Military Equipment Display and two large performance pavilions.
  • Salute to World War II Veterans will be held Friday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held at the MCI Center and will feature Armed Forces personnel in a musical and narrative tribute to veterans. Tickets are required for this event, but the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is no longer accepting requests.
  • A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. The interfaith service will celebrate the dedication of the memorial and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • The National WWII Memorial dedication will be held Saturday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. Gates will open between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Ceremonies will begin at noon, and will include two hours of entertainment leading up to the dedication. The pre-ceremony event will include live music and video images of the wartime era. Tickets are required for this event.

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the National World War II Memorial dedication event, the number of requests received now exceeds the number of seats available, so an extensive wait-list already exists. However, ABMC is accepting ticket requests for the dedication ceremony that will be placed on a wait-list should tickets become available in the coming months. Wait-list requests can be submitted by using the form on the ABMC website

Satellite coordinates will be provided so that a simulcast viewing of the ceremony can be included in local celebrations.

Event Highlights

Dedication Ceremony Timeline

WWII Memorial Factsheet (PDF)
WWII Factsheet (PDF)

Packet Materials

Visitor Information

Registry of Remembrances