Memorial Day: Where to Go to Honor America's War Dead

The nation's eyes turn to Arlington National Cemetery on Monday for the annual Memorial Day observance. If you can't make it to D.C., a variety of other local cemeteries offer memorial services closer to home. Here's where to pay your respects.

On Monday, May 31, the annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members will take place in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. The National Memorial Day Observance program will begin with a full honor wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 11 a.m. The observance program will commence in Memorial Amphitheater directly following the wreath-laying ceremony.

If you can't make it, take a few minutes to visit the cemeteries site for a virtual stroll. Arlington National has an interactive map, offering an online tour of the cemetery. And while you're thinking about it, why not become a fan of Arlington National Cemetery on Facebook.

Then consider a visit to of these other sites instead.

NATIONAL

Veterans Affairs Guide to National Cemeteries

ALASKA  Alabama National Cemetery

ALASKA  Fort Richardson National Cemetery

ARIZONA   National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

ARKANSAS   Fayetteville National Cemetery

CALIFORNIA  Golden Gate National Cemetery

COLORADO  Fort Logan National Cemetery

FLORIDA  Barrancas National Cemetery

GEORGIA  Marietta National Cemetery

HAWAII   National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

ILLINOIS    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

INDIANA   Crown Hill National Cemetery

IOWA   Keokuk National Cemetery

KANSAS  Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

KENTUCKY   Lexington National Cemetery

LOUISIANA    Baton Rouge National Cemetery

MAINE     Togus National Cemetery

MARYLAND   Annapolis National Cemetery

MASSACHUSETTS   Massachusetts National Cemetery

MICHIGAN   Fort Custer National Cemetery

MINNESOTA   Fort Snelling National Cemetery

MISSISSIPPI     Biloxi National Cemetery

MISSOURI  Jefferson City National Cemetery

NEBRASKA     Fort McPherson National Cemetery

NEW JERSEY   Beverly National Cemetery

NEW MEXICO  Santa Fe National Cemetery

NEW YORK    Woodlawn National Cemetery

NORTH CAROLINA    Raleigh National Cemetery

OHIO  Dayton National Cemetery

OKLAHOMA  Fort Gibson National Cemetery

OREGON  Willamette National Cemetery

PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia National Cemetery

PUERTO RICO    Puerto Rico National Cemetery

SOUTH CAROLINA    Beaufort National Cemetery

SOUTH DAKOTA   Black Hills National Cemetery

TENNESSEE    Chattanooga National Cemetery

TEXAS   Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

VIRGINIA   Alexandria National Cemetery

WASHINGTON  Tahoma National Cemetery

WEST VIRGINIA    West Virginia National Cemetery

WISCONSIN   Wood National Cemetery

INTERNATIONAL

American Battle Monuments Commission Guide

Aisne-Marne, France

Ardennes, Belgium

Brittany, France

Brookwood, England

Cambridge, England

Corozal, Panama

Epinal, France

Flanders Field, Belgium

Florence, Italy

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Lorraine, France

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Manila, Philippines

Meuse-Argonne, France

Mexico City, Mexico

Netherlands, Netherlands

Normandy, France

North Africa, Tunisia

Oise-Aisne, France

Rhone, France

Sicily-Rome, Italy

Somme, France

St. Mihiel, France

Suresnes, France