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A view of 2010's National Memorial Day Concert from the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
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A view of 2010's National Memorial Day Concert from the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Memorial Day weekend is here and the region has events both big and bigger to help you celebrate:

(May 28) THE ICEMEN COMETH The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse has an unorthodox screening of "Top Gun" Saturday night. The Tom Cruise blockbuster is accompanied by the comical commentary of the Raspberry Brothers, who essentially mock the movie from beginning to end.

(May 28-29) THE MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT As far as Memorial Day concerts go it doesn't get any bigger than the PBS National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. This year brings B.B King, the National Symphony Orchestra and dozens more musicians, actors, and dignitaries to honor the service and sacrifice of American men and women in uniform. You can catch a dress rehearsal Saturday night and see the real deal Sunday night in person or on your television set.

(May 29) NATIONAL MEN'S CHORUS For a celebration on a smaller scale there's The National Men's Chorus Sunday evening at Saint Luke Parish in McLean. The group's annual Memorial Day concert features traditional military songs accompanied by organ, brass, and percussion.

Music: "Top Gun Anthem" by Harold Faltermeyer & Steve Stevens

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