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Air Force Memorial The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force and its predecessor organizations.

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06/06/2019
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

—Remembering D-Day 75 years later —

Remembering #DDay

“This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success.”
-- U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

#DDay75

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES -- Friday evenings are U.S. Air Force Band nights at the Air Force Memorial starting May 31, 2019 ...
05/29/2019

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES -- Friday evenings are U.S. Air Force Band nights at the Air Force Memorial starting May 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a chair and join this longstanding tradition with performing ensembles of the USAF Band. Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

**These events are subject to weather cancellations. To check the status of a concert, please visit The United States Air Force Band 's page or call the concert hotline at 703-829-5483.

Air Force Memorial
05/29/2019

Air Force Memorial

MEMORIAL DAY | All gave some, Some gave all.
05/27/2019

MEMORIAL DAY | All gave some, Some gave all.

An aerial view of the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery is seen from a UH-1 Huey as members of the 1st ...
05/24/2019

An aerial view of the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery is seen from a UH-1 Huey as members of the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly over Washington during opening ceremonies of the Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo, Legends in Flight, May 10. (U.S. Air Force photos by 2nd Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

05/17/2019
United States Air Force

The first Heritage to Horizons was a huge success ! We look forward to seeing you at the next one !

ICYMI, Air Force senior leaders attended a Heritage to Horizons concert at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, May 15, 2019. The concert’s theme was “women in congress.” The event included a KC-46 Pegasus flyover.

McConnell Air Force Base Air Mobility Command Gen. David L. Goldfein

The United States Air Force Band
05/14/2019

The United States Air Force Band

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS | Join us on Wednesday night, May 15th at 7:30 pm at the Air Force Memorial for our first Heritage to Horizons performance of the season. The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants collaborate to present an informative and inspiring look at the Air Force and its unique history. This is a show not to be missed!

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Joint Base Andrews
Air Force District of Washington
Air Force Memorial

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- ONE WEEK AWAY!May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.Featuring performances by The United States Air Force Ban...
05/08/2019
H2H

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- ONE WEEK AWAY!

May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring performances by The United States Air Force Band Concert Band, the Air Force Strings, and members of the Singing Sergeants, with exciting flyovers and impeccable demonstrations by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team!

Please visit https://www.afdw.af.mil/H2H/ for more information.

The official website for the Air Force District of Washington

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- TWO WEEKS AWAY !May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.Featuring performances by  The United States Air Force ...
05/01/2019

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- TWO WEEKS AWAY !

May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring performances by The United States Air Force Band Concert Band, the Air Force Strings, and members of the Singing Sergeants, with exciting flyovers and impeccable demonstrations by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team!

The United States Air Force Band
04/27/2019

The United States Air Force Band

MARK YOUR CALENDARS | Wednesday, May 15th is the first of three "Heritage to Horizons" performances at the Air Force Memorial. Join The United States Air Force Band and United States Air Force Honor Guard at 7:30 pm for a joint performance that highlights the unique heritage and contributions of Air Force members throughout our distinguished history. Bring your lawn chairs for our first outdoor event of the season!

04/25/2019
Gen. David L. Goldfein

Gen. David L. Goldfein

Today’s Air Force is the best in the world and the reason is obvious -- our people. Pure and simple.

It’s no secret, a life of service can be hard and demanding – yet, our Airmen demonstrate an unrivaled dedication and inspiring willingness to serve. That’s why it’s important to recognize – publicly and often – the incredible work that is done every day, everywhere across the Air Force.

Capturing that work, that attitude and the people behind it, is the focus of a new series of short films called “Because of You.” The first is about aviators, another looks at the lives and work of our maintainers, and there will be others to follow.

Taken together, the films highlight the skill and professionalism our Airmen bring to the job each day. These are the Air Force’s defining characteristics, our core values, our ethos – and what drives the Air Force to impressive heights.

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- Three Weeks Away !May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.Featuring performances by  The United States Air Forc...
04/24/2019

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS -- Three Weeks Away !

May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring performances by The United States Air Force Band Concert Band, the Air Force Strings, and members of the Singing Sergeants, with exciting flyovers and impeccable demonstrations by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team!

04/23/2019
United States Air Force

Congratulations to the 2017 and 2018 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award recipients!

The Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award, first given in 1981, is named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. The annual award recognizes Airmen who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities. Join us in congratulating the award recipients!

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1819187/pentagon-hosts-sijan-award-presentation-first-ever-resiliency-event/

04/18/2019
United States Air Force

THE DOOLITTLE RAID -- April 18, 1942

The United States Air Force will be remembering the legacy and valor of Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole today at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Join us as we celebrate the tradition of honor & legacy of valor that defined retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole's life.

Air Force Memorial's cover photo
04/16/2019

Air Force Memorial's cover photo

04/15/2019
United States Air Force Honor Guard

Huge thanks to the United States Air Force Honor Guard for performing for our veterans last week!

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL | Members of the drill team perform in front of an honor flight at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., April 11, 2019. In 2017 the Honor Flight Network escorted over 200,000 veterans to various military memorials free of cost.

#tohonorwithdignity

Thank you for this great photo of our Air Force Memorial!
04/09/2019

Thank you for this great photo of our Air Force Memorial!

This is the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. It consists of three memorial spires, intended to evoke the image of "contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they peel back in a precision 'bomb burst' maneuver." Only three of the four contrails are depicted, at 120 degrees from each other, as the absent fourth suggests the missing man formation traditionally used at Air Force funeral fly-overs.

The memorial was dedicated on 14 October 2006, with approximately 30,000 people attending. The keynote address was delivered by President Bush, a former F-102 Delta Dagger pilot with the Texas Air National Guard. The first official ceremony at the memorial was held the next day when Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne laid a memorial wreath beneath the spires for fallen airmen.

It honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations.

Captured by Jay Blanton using a Canon 6D with a 17-40mm lens.

Today, an Air Force Hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Joe M. Jackson, will be laid to rest in Arlington Nationa...
03/26/2019

Today, an Air Force Hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Joe M. Jackson, will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.

Colonel Joe M. Jackson (March 14, 1923 - January 12, 2019) received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War. On May 12, 1968, he volunteered for a dangerous impromptu rescue of three remaining Air Force members trapped at an overrun Army Special Forces camp.

He was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor on January 16. 1969 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In celebration of National Rosie The Riveter Day, we would like to celebrate Mrs. Mae Grier!Mrs. Grier was one of the yo...
03/21/2019

In celebration of National Rosie The Riveter Day, we would like to celebrate Mrs. Mae Grier!

Mrs. Grier was one of the youngest of the original Rosie’s when she was hired by Boeing in Seattle, WA, to work as a riveter building B-17 and B-25 Bombers. Today is also Mrs. Grier’s 93rd Birthday!

Thank you for your service!

Thank you Oak Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC for coming to visit us today!
03/11/2019

Thank you Oak Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC for coming to visit us today!

12/15/2018

On Saturday, December 15th, parking at the Air Force Memorial will be closed to the public due to Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. You may still visit us on foot or bike, as the memorial itself will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Please also note that traffic around the memorial will be very heavy due to the thousands of people participating in the event. Plan accordingly and stay safe. Have a great weekend!

A sculptor by the name of Zenos Frudakis was commissioned to create the bronze Honor Guard statue at the Air Force Memor...
11/09/2018

A sculptor by the name of Zenos Frudakis was commissioned to create the bronze Honor Guard statue at the Air Force Memorial. Frudakis used real airmen as models for his sculpture and created four diverse and distinct individuals, that if you look closely, reveal a sense of vulnerability and the full range of human emotions through their carefully carved facial expressions, bringing a sense of deep humanity to the memorial. He expertly captured the characteristics of dignity and honor and created a statue that seems ever in motion and ready to march forward on command. While the tall spires that can be seen for miles impress and draw visitors in, the Honor Guard statue represents the men and women of the United States Air Force—past, present and future. It is a reminder of the individuals who have sacrificed, sometimes everything, to safeguard our freedoms.

The Air Force Memorial would like to kick off this Veterans Day weekend by thanking all of those who have served this great nation. Please consider paying us a visit this weekend or any other time. There is no better place to honor our Air Force Veterans. Thank you for your service.

The Air Force Honor Guard prepares for a Full Honors Arrival ceremony this morning at the Air Force Memorial.
11/08/2018

The Air Force Honor Guard prepares for a Full Honors Arrival ceremony this morning at the Air Force Memorial.

Air Force District of Washington
09/17/2018

Air Force District of Washington

70 years ago the United States Air Force and Allied Forces embarked on the largest humanitarian airlift in history. Today, guests including dignitaries, U.S. and German military leaders, and Berlin Airlift veterans commemorated that historic operation to save more than 2 million Berliners during a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.

For more photos from the ceremony visit:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/afdw/albums/72157699828053921

08/24/2018
United States Air Force

United States Air Force

You don't want to miss this! Watch now as Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Gen. David L. Goldfein and CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright unveil Tech. Sgt. John Chapman’s name at the #USAF Memorial!

United States Air Force
08/22/2018

United States Air Force

Join us here LIVE @ 3:30 p.m. EDT as Tech. Sgt. John Chapman is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at The White House

Air Force Memorial Medal of Honor Unveiling Ceremony for Tech. Sgt. John Chapman.Friday, 24 Aug @ 1000 ESTOpen to the Pu...
08/22/2018

Air Force Memorial Medal of Honor Unveiling Ceremony for Tech. Sgt. John Chapman.

Friday, 24 Aug @ 1000 EST

Open to the Public.

**Parking at the AF Memorial will be prohibited. Shuttle busses to the AF Memorial are available at the Haynes Lot and at the bottom of the hill before the Memorial on Columbia Pike.

Live streaming available at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/16470

United States Air Force | Air Force District of Washington | AFDW Command Chief | Joint Base Andrews | Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tonight’s concert at the Air Force Memorial is cancelled.
08/17/2018

Tonight’s concert at the Air Force Memorial is cancelled.

Our concert this evening at the Air Force Memorial is cancelled due to inclement weather. Weather permitting, this concert will be repeated tomorrow night at 7 pm at National Harbor. Hope to see you then!

United States Air Force
07/28/2018
United States Air Force

United States Air Force

On March 4, 2002, Tech. Sgt. John Chapman sacrificed his life to preserve those of his special operations teammates during a rescue attempt on Takur Ghar mountain, Afghanistan. For Chapman’s heroic actions, President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller.

Chapman will be the 19th Airman awarded the Medal of Honor since the Department of the Air Force was established in 1947. He will be the first Airman recognized with the medal for acts of heroism occurring after the Vietnam War.

We regret to inform you that due to the chance of inclement weather, tonight's concert has been cancelled.
07/27/2018

We regret to inform you that due to the chance of inclement weather, tonight's concert has been cancelled.

Yet again, Mother Nature won't let us have things our way! We were really looking forward to presenting our Basie set, but due to the threat of thunderstorms in the area, tonight's concert at the Air Force Memorial has been canceled. Stay tuned for our other upcoming summer performances; the swinging is only on hold temporarily!

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. Please get home safe and tag us in your best pics #airforcememorial
07/05/2018

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. Please get home safe and tag us in your best pics #airforcememorial

Prepping for the fireworks here at the Air Force Memorial!  Happy Independence Day to all!
07/05/2018

Prepping for the fireworks here at the Air Force Memorial! Happy Independence Day to all!

For those planning on attending The United States Air Force Band's Concert this evening, please review the local traffic...
07/04/2018

For those planning on attending The United States Air Force Band's Concert this evening, please review the local traffic restrictions that will be in place surrounding the Memorial.

TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️: ACPD, Virginia State Police, and the United States Park Police will close multiple roadways tomorrow to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for the celebration of #FourthofJuly events and fireworks. Full road closure details can be found in our press release: https://tinyurl.com/y9m39y8v

Please note: Arlington County Virginia – Government will not provide shuttle service to Long Bridge Park, as no formal programming is scheduled to occur there. The park will remain open to the public as a location to view the fireworks and celebrate the #FourthofJuly and police will be on hand to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance.

Come on out to the Air Force Memorial tomorrow night to celebrate the United States Air Force Heritage to Horizons Summe...
06/07/2018

Come on out to the Air Force Memorial tomorrow night to celebrate the United States Air Force Heritage to Horizons Summer Concert Series and honor our Nation's POWs and MIAs with the The United States Air Force Band and US Air Force Honor Guard, as well as a flyover of F-16 Falcons from the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard!

Joint Base Andrews | Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

The U.S. Air Force is hosting our annual Heritage to Horizons ceremonial performance series tomorrow, Jun. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial.

Tomorrow night’s theme is “You Are Not Forgotten,” paying tribute to those who fought, died, and were captured or are still missing while defending American and America’s freedoms. During the evening's event we will honor Sen John McCain, Rep Sam Johnson, Brig Gen (ret) Buddy Day, and Col (ret) Leo Thorsness.

The event is free and open to the public, so if you're in the National Capitol Region, I encourage you to join us.

05/14/2018

Due to inclement weather the Air Force Memorial will be closing at 6:30 PM tonight. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay safe!

The United States Air Force Band
05/14/2018

The United States Air Force Band

What you need to know about Wednesday night's Heritage to Horizons concert:

WHAT: "Readiness and the Joint Fight" themed concert that honors all servicemembers past and present.
WHERE: At the Air Force Memorial
WHEN: 7 p.m. but plan on arriving earlier to get a spot.
WHO is performing: Max Impact, the Airmen of Note, Singing Sergeants, Air Force Strings, Ceremonial Drum line, and The US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team.
**There will NOT be a flyover.**

What happens if it rains? In the case of inclement weather check here for a cancellation notice on Wednesday afternoon.

Is there a shuttle? There will not be a shuttle service on Wednesday. There is a limited amount of disability parking on the main entrance. Otherwise, parking is limited to the lot and surrounding area on Southgate road.
Is there seating? Bring blankets and lawn chairs as bleacher seating is limited.

Are food and drinks permitted? Yes, but no alcohol is permitted.

Are there restrooms? Yes, on the side of the venue near the cul-de-sac.
Air Force District of Washington

04/16/2018

Due to inclement weather the #RAF100 Flypast has been canceled.

Gen. David L. Goldfein
04/16/2018

Gen. David L. Goldfein

Cherry blossoms at the Air Force Memorial.

In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 Cherry trees to the U.S. as a gift. Then First Lady Taft and Viscountess Chinda, the wife of the Japanese Ambassador at the time, planted the first two trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Those original trees are still standing. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr.
04/13/2018

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr.

One of my favorite traditions I participate in is welcoming our Tennessee veterans to Washington D.C. for their HonorAir Knoxville trips. Yesterday I had the opportunity to celebrate their arrival in Our Nation's Capital at the Air Force Memorial. The people who serve in our armed forces help us to live our lives with freedom, for which they fight. If you have the chance to show your gratitude to our veterans, you can volunteer by signing up at: http://www.honorairknoxville.com/volunteer.html . If you are a veteran, or know a veteran who would like to participate in this great opportunity, you can fill out an application at http://www.honorairknoxville.com/applications.html.

Check out this terrific sunset shot of the Air Force Memorial from Todd Paynter!
02/01/2018

Check out this terrific sunset shot of the Air Force Memorial from Todd Paynter!

02/01/2018
Creech Air Force Base

Creech Air Force Base

The Air Combat Command’s #432Wing made significant contributions to United States Air Force History and was awarded the Air Force Historical Foundation’s 2017 James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award at the Air Force Memorial. We are honored to pay tribute to the Doolittle legacy through innovation, while we help shape the future of warfare.

#432dWing #Hunters #Deliver #Justice

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