Concert for Valor cleanup: Workers disassemble concert setup on National Mall

Kristi King


Workers cleaning up after Tuesday's Concert for Valor are making quick progress.

Early Wednesday morning, workers disassembled tents, dismantled barricade fencing, hauled away trash bags plump as pillows and serviced thousands of portable restrooms.

Many of the 2,700 portable toilets contracted for the event won't be hauled away until Wednesday evening -- and visitors to the National Mall may be disappointed by that.

"We're zip tying them, so the public can't use them anymore," says United Site Services Technician Neil Thomas.

Evidence of the Concert For Valor soon will be removed from the national stage, but Thomas says the event's message shouldn't be forgotten.

"We should think more about vets, because without our vets we wouldn't have the freedom that we have today," he says.

The first-of-its-kind Concert for Valor brought huge crowds to the National Mall to see some of the biggest names in music, movies and TV and honor those who have served the country.

While official crowd estimates were unavailable early Wednesday, organizers expected hundreds of thousands of people, making it one of the biggest events of the year on the Mall.