Veterans Day falls on Saturday, November 11. Here are some key ways to observe the holiday, in and around the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia areas.
Veterans Day Ceremony | Rockville Saturday, November 11 - 11:00 a.m.[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="5944,5945"] An annual ceremony is held each year at Veteran's Park. Rockville's Mayor and Council will be in attendance as American Legion Post 86 will lead the wreath laying ceremony. A 21-gun salute will also be performed. For more information, visit the City of Rockville's website.
Veterans Hike Across Maryland | Gathland State Park Saturday, November 11 - 9:45 a.m.[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="5941,5940"] Hike 10 miles from Gathland State Park to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia alongside our real life heroes. Just make sure you sign the waiver and register! Visit the event's website for more information.
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial | Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr., NW Saturday, November 11 - 1 p.m.[caption id="attachment_5942" align="aligncenter" width="680"] photo courtesy of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial[/caption] The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial will host a color guard, key note speakers as well as a wreath laying ceremony to pay homage to the brave soldiers who served during the Vietnam War. There will also be ceremonies held at the Vietnam Veteran's Women's Memorial. Hear stories as told by Vietnam veterans and their children, as well as the struggles U.S. soldiers face today. Seating is now closed, but guests are encouraged to bring their own seats.
World War II Memorial | 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Saturday, November 11 - 9 a.m.[caption id="attachment_5943" align="aligncenter" width="878"] photo courtesy of Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times[/caption] A wreath laying ceremony at the World War II memorial will pay homage to the brave men and women who served during World War II.
Veteran's Day Concert at the National Cathedral | 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW Saturday, November 11 - 7 p.m.[caption id="attachment_5946" align="aligncenter" width="900"] photo courtesy of the National Cathedral[/caption] The Washington National Cathedral will be honoring the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces with a tribute concert, featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Singers. Listen as stories are read aloud from American War Letters. Read more about the concert here.
Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington Saturday, November 11 - 11 a.m.[caption id="attachment_5947" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] photo courtesy of the Arlington National Cemetery[/caption] The Arlington National Cemetery will have a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Seating at the Memorial Amphitheater is limited, so those looking for a good view should arrive 30 minutes ahead of time. More information can be found on the cemetery's website.
Women In Military Service For America Memorial | Arlington Saturday, November 11 - 3 p.m.[caption id="attachment_5948" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs[/caption] The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is considered to be "the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history." Several events will take place, including a wreath laying ceremony, a keynote address, and formal military honors. For more information, please visit their website.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon Saturday, November 11 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.[caption id="attachment_5949" align="aligncenter" width="640"] photo courtesy of Mount Vernon[/caption] There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Washington as well as many other events. All active duty, former or retired military personnel will also receive free admittance to the event. Visit the event page for more information. To all former and active members of the military, we thank you for your service.