Bruce Heilman Amphitheater

In 2010, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects designed the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater to complement the Shrine of Memory and the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center.

The 250-person amphitheater is comprised of five descending semi-circles with stone seats, stone pathways, and native grass plantings. The selection of stone seating and steps along with the plant materials is a vivid extension of the elegance of the Shrine in a landscape form. A rain garden surrounds the stage platform and captures runoff and rainfall at the low point of the site. The plant palette is predominantly comprised of native groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and grasses. The Lower Terrace of the C. Kenneth Wright Pavillion, completed in 2019, opens onto the amphitheater to expand access for ceremonies and events.

The amphitheater allows for large public events, including the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, concerts, and more.