Bridge Wing Chat: the CNO and Commanding Officers discuss “Leading to Victory”
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Bridge Wing Chat: the CNO and Commanding Officers discuss “Leading to Victory”

Like the discussions that happen on bridge wings of Navy ships every day and night around the world, this event series is designed to bring together senior leadership and junior to mid-grade officers to discuss current topics of strategic interest. To learn more, visit our programs page.

This event is invite-only and registration is required. Please contact Lisa Barker at LBarker@navymemorial.org if you are interested in attending.

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Chief Petty Officer 126th Birthday Celebration
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Chief Petty Officer 126th Birthday Celebration

The rate of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) as we know it today was officially established April 1, 1893. The U.S. Navy Memorial will host a 126th birthday celebration for Navy Chief’s to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the fundamental role they play in the United States Navy.

The time for this event has not yet been verified - please continue to check back for updates.

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28th Annual Blessing of the Fleet
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

28th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Don’t miss this year's Blessing of the Fleet, a centuries-old tradition that protects Sailors from the dangers of the sea. Join the Navy Memorial in honoring a longstanding maritime tradition.  Beginning shortly after the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C., making for an unforgettable springtime celebration.

The time for this event has not yet been verified - please continue to check back for updates.

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Rolling Thunder Wreath Laying Ceremony
May
25
12:00 PM12:00

Rolling Thunder Wreath Laying Ceremony

Rolling Thunder will gather on Memorial Plaza to recognize American veterans and honor service members classified as POWs or MIA. This wreath-laying ceremony is held in conjunction with the Rolling Thunder Run. 

The time for this event has not yet been verified - please continue to check back for updates.

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Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Honor the sailors and marines who have given the ultimate sacrifice at a Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony hosted by the U.S. Navy Memorial. This free, family-friendly event features the Navy Band & Ceremonial Guard.

The time for this event has not yet been verified - please continue to check back for updates.

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Fantail Breakfast with Secretary Kernan
Sep
12
7:00 AM07:00

Fantail Breakfast with Secretary Kernan

  • United States Navy Memorial Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our Fantail Breakfast Series is designed to provide an update by senior Navy and DoD leaders and is conducted under Chatham House rule.

This event is invite-only. Please contact Lisa Barker at 202-380-0782 or LBarker@navymemorial.org if you or your company are interested in attending.

To learn more, visit our programs page

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Bridge Wing Chat
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Bridge Wing Chat

Please join us for our first Bridge Wing Chat which will include a straightforward and honest discussion with the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran, about current Navy issues from preparation for blue water ops to retention and strategy.


Navy Memorial’s new Bridge Wing Chat series will bring together Navy and DOD leaders in a series of events that will provide naval enthusiasts the opportunity to engage on current topics which have a strategic impact on the Navy, maritime dominance and national security, today and tomorrow.

The name “Bridge Wing Chats” represents conversations that are held every day and every night on bridge wings of ships at sea between senior, seasoned leaders and less experienced, more junior Sailors in which wisdom is passed, experiences are shared, and intellectual horizons are broadened.

For more information, please contact Robert Parker at rparker@navymemorial.org or 202-380-0723.

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Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony

  • United States Navy Memorial, Memorial Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don’t miss this year's Blessing of the Fleet, a centuries-old tradition that protects Sailors from the dangers of the sea.  Join the Navy Memorial in honoring a longstanding maritime tradition.  Beginning shortly after the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C., making for an unforgettable springtime celebration.


This tradition dates back to ancient times and is meant to safeguard ships and their crew members after an offering is made at the water’s edge. Each year, starting in 1987 when it was dedicated, the Navy Memorial blesses the water in its outdoor fountains with water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes. 

This annual blessing recharges the water, bringing the fountains back to life in time for the spring season.

The ceremony will include performances from the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard. Navy culinary specialists from the White House Messwill prepare and serve Navy bean soup to visitors after it has concluded.  Guests are also invited to enjoy a free concert of traditional maritime music by theWashington Revels’ Maritime Voices.

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