Commemoration and Roses, a Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary

Memorial Day is a quintessential American holiday and Lynchburg invites you to help us commemorate this auspicious day as we honor our veterans.

Day 1 – Saturday, May 27

The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour will be in Lynchburg on Saturday from 10am to 4pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.  This interactive and engaging museum on wheels brings to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project.

The Profiles of Honor Mobile will sit at the foot of Monument Terrace, a 132 step site is dedicated to Lynchburg’s fallen from past wars.  After you visit the Mobile Tour, climb Monument Terrace to the Lynchburg Museum where they are exhibiting It was My Privilege & My Duty: Lynchburg in WWI. The exhibit explores what Lynchburg was like 100 years ago when America entered WWI and the military roles of the 2,800 Lynchburg men and women who served.

During the day, please take time to for lunch and dinner at any one of our fabulous downtown restaurants while visiting the museum and mobile.

Day 2 – Sunday, May 28

Good morning!  Enjoy a late Brunch before heading to the Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum for a guided tour of the grounds during their Annual Antique Rose Festival.  On display are over 250 different and sometimes rare varieties of roses dating back to the late 1500's. “The Gravegarden” is the oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today. This extraordinary 27-acre public garden and “history park” is a village of five small museums telling the stories of the diverse population of over 17,000 buried here including over 2,000 Confederate soldiers. The grounds are filled with hundreds of varieties of native and heirloom plants, and despite being an active place of burial and remembrance it is one of the busiest and most popular attractions in Lynchburg receiving more than 33,000 visitors annually!

Time for a spot of lunch!

Next take a 25 minute drive to Appomattox Court House Historical Park where you can walk the same dusty trails once trod by Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.  Here, in the original village of Appomattox Court House, these men signed the terms of surrender which brought an end to the American Civil War. The past is brought to life as museum docents portray historical figures from the 1860s in this peaceful, 1,700 acre setting. Less than a mile away you’ll find the cutting-edge, interactive Museum of the Confederacy where you will see the actual uniform and sword used by General Robert E. Lee, along with many other unique Civil War artifacts.

Head back to Lynchburg for a well- deserved dinner!

Day 3 – Monday, May 29

Breakfast at one of the many choices here in Lynchburg and then set out back to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia - the community suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants. 

Thank you so much for helping us commemorate the lives of our heroes.  Safe travels home.