Memorial Day Ceremony, May 27, 2019

On Monday, May 27, at 11 o’clock a.m., the annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor those who gave “the last full measure of devotion” in service of freedom. The event will feature patriotic songs, a color guard and raising of the flags by Boy Scout Troop 55, a wreath laying, and a bell-ringing and name-reading for natives of Great Falls killed in battle.

The Freedom Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike. The ceremony is open to all. Parking is available in the library parking lot. In case of rain, the ceremony may move to the library meeting room. Limited seating and shelter will be provided. Attendees are encouraged but not required to bring portable chairs.

Updates to the schedule, if any, will be posted here.

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28, 2018

On Monday, May 28, at 11 o’clock a.m., the annual Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor those who gave “the last full measure of devotion” in service of freedom. Longtime Vienna resident and World War II “civilian veteran” Rita C. Stead delivered the keynote address on the meaning of Memorial Day. The event also included patriotic songs, a raising of the flags by Boy Scout Troop 55, a wreath laying, and a bell-ringing and name-reading for natives of Great Falls killed in battle.

The Great Falls Connection published an article about the event, which can be seen by clicking the image below.

Great Falls Connection cover, May 30, 2018
Great Falls Connection cover, May 30, 2018

A flyer for the event can be found here.

The Freedom Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike. The ceremonies are open to all. Parking is available in the library parking lot. In case of rain, ceremonies will move to the library meeting room. Limited seating and shelter will be provided. Attendees are encouraged but not required to bring portable chairs.

Memorial Day Ceremony 2017

Robert D. Vickers, Jr., Vietnam Veteran and longtime resident of Great Falls, addresses the audience at the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial, May 29, 2017. Photo by Nancy Wilson.
Robert D. Vickers, Jr., Vietnam Veteran and longtime resident of Great Falls, addresses the audience at the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial, May 29, 2017. Photo by Nancy Wilson.

On Monday, May 29, at 11:00 am, the annual Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor those who gave “last full measure of devotion” in service of freedom, including at least 25 citizens of Great Falls. The keynote speaker was longtime Great Falls resident Robert D. Vickers, Jr., former CIA National Intelligence Officer, Vietnam Veteran, and present chairman of the Fairfax County Tree Commission, who discussed his tour of duty in Vietnam and its aftermath. The event also included patriotic songs, a raising of the flags by Boy Scout Troop 55, a Marine Corps color guard and taps bugler, a wreath laying, and a reading of the honor roll and bell-ringing for each of the 25 known Great Falls natives who have fallen in defense of our country. Red poppies were distributed to the audience to betoken gratitude to all whom Memorial Day serves to honor.

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The Great Falls Connection carried a story about the event, which you can read by clicking on the image below.

Great Falls Connection reporter Fallon Forbush created a moving video about the event:

A video of the entire event appears below.

Memorial Day Ceremony 2016

Local dignitaries, assisted by the Boy Scouts, lay a wreath at the Freedom Memorial in Great Falls, Virginia on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Photo taken from and links to a story in the Great Falls Connection.
Local dignitaries, assisted by the Boy Scouts, lay a wreath at the Freedom Memorial in Great Falls, Virginia on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Photo taken from and links to a story in the Great Falls Connection.

On Monday, May 30th, at 11:00 AM, the annual Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.  The event included a taps bugler, patriotic songs, remarks by retired Air Force Brigadier General Richard Stephen Ritchie (one of five American aces during the Vietnam War), a reading of the names and bell-ringing for each of the 26 residents of Great Falls who have fallen in service to our country, a wreath-laying by local dignitaries, and a raising of the flags by Boy Scout Troop 55.

The Great Falls Connection carried a story about the event. View and share photos and videos of the event here.