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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 typically take place Monday-Friday. We ask that all events 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 the American Flag, Service Flags (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and Air Force General Officer flags for ceremonies.
  • 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. It is highly recommended that you provide bottled water for your ceremony guests if the temperature will be above 85 degrees during your ceremony.

Wreath-laying Ceremony

  • Coordination:  It is the responsibility of the event POC to request a Wreath Bearer from The United States Honor Guard and a Bugler from The United States Band for your ceremony. You can do this as soon as you have secured a date and time for your event with the Memorial staff.  See page 2 of the Event Request Form for more details.
  • Wreath:   The event POC is responsible for ordering and purchasing the ceremony wreath.  See page 2 of the Event Request Form for a suggested vendor.  However, you are free to use any vendor you would like.
  • Seating: We can set out up to 125 chairs. If more than 50 chairs are needed, we ask that you provide some assistance after the ceremony to help with 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 the American Flag, Service Flags (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and Air Force General Officer flags for ceremonies.
  • 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. It is highly recommended that you provide bottled water for your ceremony guests if the temperature will be above 85 degrees during your ceremony.

Enlistment or Reenlistment Ceremony

  • Coordinate with Memorial staff to determine the date and time of your ceremony.
  • Flags: We provide the American Flag, Service Flags (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and Air Force General Officer flags for ceremonies.
  • Food/drink: Food and drink are not allowed at the Memorial, with the exception of water. It is highly recommended that you provide bottled water for your ceremony guests if the temperature will be above 85 degrees during your ceremony.
  • Seating and the sound system are available for these ceremonies, but typically not requested due to the short length of these ceremonies.