Here is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- that’s just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.
- The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
- The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes
Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.
President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.