Annual Memorial Mass

The Most Reverend
Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.,
Archbishop for the Military Services, USA,
cordially invites you and your guests to attend the

27th Annual Memorial Mass
Sunday, the sixteenth of May
in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and twenty-one
at four-thirty in the afternoon
in the
Great Upper Church of the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017

Together with the priests of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, please join in prayer as we honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The schedule of events will be as follows:
Musical Prelude at 1615
Holy Mass at 1630

The District of Columbia has limited attendance at worship services during Phase Two.

This year’s Mass will not be televised or livestreamed.

Those wishing to participate in the Memorial Mass in person must register with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

All seating will be on a first come first serve basis.
For this reason, there will be NO assigned seating again this year.

If you have intentions to be remembered at the altar, please submit them here:

Those directly affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are remembered
daily in the prayers of the Archdiocese.

During Phase Two, Guidance for COVID-19 as issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and Health Department: Entry into the Basilica will be limited to 900 persons for Mass. Visitors must arrive at the Basilica no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time of Sunday Mass to ensure ample time for entry into the Basilica, as well as, escort and seating in the Great Upper Church. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.


  • All visitors must present their EventBrite ticket (either paper or on-line version) for admission into the Shrine.
  • A face covering MUST be worn at all times, except as directed for the reception of Holy Communion.
  • Entry into the Basilica will be through the front lower level East Entrance (Gift Shop side facing Michigan Avenue).
  • Prior to entry, all visitors must have their temperatures scanned via a non-contact, infrared, forehead thermometer administered by Basilica personnel outside the East Entrance doors. For the health, safety and welfare of all, any visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness and/or a temperature above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter the Basilica.
  • Before entering the Basilica, all visitors must sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer provided to them.
  • Upon entry, visitors must provide their name and phone number for 30-day retention as requested by the District of Columbia Health Department to assist with contact tracing should the Basilica be made aware of a case of COVID-19.
  • Once inside the Basilica, visitors must maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others, visit designated areas only, abide by all signage, and follow the direction of Basilica personnel for the health, safety, and welfare of all.
  • At the end of Mass, visitors will exit the Basilica through the East doors of the Great Upper Church.