Event Planning

The Air Force Memorial is the site of a wide variety of events throughout the year. 95% of events take place underneath the three soaring spires at  the heart of the Memorial. Our most common events are promotion ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, and wreath-laying ceremonies. There is no cost to host your ceremony at the Air Force Memorial. All events should be coordinated through our office to ensure that event timing does not conflict with another previously scheduled event. To schedule your event at the Memorial, please fill out and email your AFMF Events Request Form to afmf@airforcememorial.org. You are encouraged to check the Memorial calendar to see if the date and time you would like to have your ceremony is available. After we receive your form, someone will then contact you to book your ceremony. Please call 703-979-0674 should you have questions.

Promotion and Retirement Ceremonies


- Coordinate with Memorial staff to determine the date and time of your ceremony.
- Seating: We can set out up to 125 chairs. If more than 50 chairs are needed, we ask that you provide some assistance before and after the ceremony to help with set up and tear down.
- Parking: Limited on-site parking is available. During office hours, there are limited parking spaces. Keep in mind that the Memorial is open to visitors during your ceremony, and therefore parking is not guaranteed. Carpooling is highly recommended. Please check out our Visit page for more information on how your guests can reach the Memorial.
- Flags: We provide both the United States and Air Force flags for ceremonies. If you have a General Officer hosting the event, then we can put out a third stanchion, but you'll need to bring the appropriate flag and pole.
- Sound system: We will provide a sound system for your ceremony along with a podium and presentation table. We use a CD player to play a soundtrack of the National Anthem, Air Force Song, and all Ruffles and Flourishes. You will need to designate someone as the "button pusher" before the ceremony, and a Memorial staff member will show that individual how to cue the music before the ceremony starts.
- Inclement weather: Because the site is outdoors, ceremonies are cancelled or rescheduled in the case of inclement weather. The sound system cannot be used if it is raining. It is recommended to have a back-up ceremony site, and usually this is the reception location designated by the host of the ceremony.
- Food/drink: Food and drink are not allowed at the Memorial, with the exception of water.

Wreath-laying Ceremony


- Coordinate with Memorial staff to request a Wreath Bearer from The United States Honor Guard and a Bugler from The United States Band for your ceremony as soon as you know the desired time and date of your wreath-laying ceremony.
- Seating: We can set out up to 125 chairs. If more than 50 chairs are needed, we ask that you provide some assistance before and after the ceremony to help with set up and tear down.
- Parking: Limited on-site parking is available.During office hours, there are limited parking spaces. Keep in mind that the Memorial is open to visitors during your ceremony, and therefore parking is not guaranteed. Carpooling is highly recommended. Please check out our Visit page for more information on how your guests can reach the Memorial.
- Flags: We provide both the United States and Air Force flags for ceremonies. If you have a General Officer hosting the event, then we can put out a third stanchion, but you'll need to bring the appropriate flag and pole.
- Sound system: We will provide a sound system for your ceremony along with a podium and presentation table. We use a CD player to play a soundtrack of the National Anthem, Air Force Song, and all Ruffles and Flourishes. You will need to designate someone as the "button pusher" before the ceremony, and a Memorial staff member will show that individual how to cue the music before the ceremony starts.
- Inclement weather: Because the site is outdoors, ceremonies are cancelled or rescheduled in the case of inclement weather. The sound system cannot be used if it is raining. It is recommended to have a back-up ceremony site, and usually this is the reception location designated by the host of the ceremony.
- Food/drink: Food and drink are not allowed at the Memorial, with the exception of water.

Enlistment or Reenlistment Ceremony


- Coordinate with Memorial staff to determine the date and time of your ceremony.
- Flags: We provide both the United States and Air Force flags for ceremonies. If you have a General Officer hosting the event, then we can put out a third stanchion, but you'll need to bring the appropriate flag and pole.
- Food/drink: Food and drink are not allowed at the Memorial, with the exception of water.
- Seating and the sound system are available for these ceremonies, but not typically requested due to the short length of these ceremonies.