Annual Wreath Laying for LGBT Veterans

Annual Wreath Laying for LGBT Veterans


November 11, 2018    
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm


Bookings closed


Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC, 20003

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Each year as Americans we pause to remember the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our freedom. Once again this year on Veteran’s Day, The DC LGBT community will come together to hold a wreath laying ceremony and memorial service at the Congressional Cemetery.

Please note: This year you are invited to a reception immediately following the wreath laying ceremony which will be held at Mr. Henrys, 601 Pennsylvania Ave NE.  Your $20 donation will support the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund and the DC Center.  Food included.  Cash bar available.  Click here to purchase your tickets.

The ceremony is held at the grave of Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich in the LGBT section of the cemetery. Sgt. Matlovich was a Vietnam veteran who rose to fame in 1975 by becoming the first gay service member to publicly reveal his sexuality, challenging the military’s exclusion on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and the front page of The New York Times, speaking out for the rights of LGBT service members until his death in 1988. Adjacent to the grave for Leonard Matlovich is the memorial for our friend, veteran, and local activist Frank Kameny.

Held in honor of the LGBTQ individuals who have served the U.S. as soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coast guardsmen. This years’ service will be held on November 11, 2017, at 12:00 PM at the Congressional Cemetery. Please join us.  For more information and resources for local LGBTQ Veterans and Servicemembers please visit or

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Host Committee:

  • Ron Swanda
  • James Thomley


Bookings are closed for this event.