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National Memorial Day Events at the U.S. Capitol

May 20, 2009
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

On Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., the National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This concert is an annual event to honor American veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Services. Gates will open to the public at 5:00 pm.

There will be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 5:00 pm.

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance. Anyone attending events on the West Lawn must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers. For this event only, food items are permitted; however alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are prohibited.  Please visit for additional information on prohibited items when visiting the U.S. Capitol.

This event will be a closed set for all media on both Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 24. These restrictions apply to all accredited members of the media wishing to gain access to the event, as well as requests to park satellite trucks on Capitol Grounds. Credentialed media will be permitted to cover this event during the rehearsals on Saturday, May 23. For additional information on the Memorial Day Concert, please visit

The bottom of the North and South walkways will be wheelchair accessible. Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. You may visit to help plan your trip using public transportation. The nearest metro stops to the U.S. Capitol are Capitol South, and Union Station.

Temporary street closures will begin on Friday, May 22 at 5:00 pm and last through Monday, May 25 at 4:00 am.:

  • First Street SW/NW between Independence and Constitution Avenues
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from First Street, NW to Third Street, NW
  • Maryland Avenue from First Street, SW to Third Street, SW

First Street between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will remain closed through Tuesday, May 26 at 4:00 am.

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If there are any questions about this event or our security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer