Veterans Day in Virginia

    Virginia War Memorial in RichmondNational Museum of the Marine Corps in TriangleNational D-Day Memorial in Bedford

    Virginia is rich in military history and boasts some of America's oldest historic sites.

    New exhibits and iconic national memorials, battlefields and museums will renew passions for patriotism this Veterans Day in Virginia.

    Veterans Day is the anniversary of the Armistice signed by the Allies and Germans in 1918, which marked the ending of World War I. In 1954, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all veterans of all wars.


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    Shenandoah Valley | Blue Ridge Highlands | Southern Virginia | Chesapeake Bay 


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    Northern Virginia


    Alexandria - Nov. 11 - Veterans' Day Ceremony - Alexandria - The 1-hour Ceremony will honor not only the 67 Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War, but all those in uniform, past and present. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. (US Army, ret.) Jack Nicholson, former Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission. In addition to the guest speaker, the Ceremony will include patriotic songs, reading of heroism citations, a wreath laying by CPT Versace's USMA 1959 Classmates and the singing of "God Bless America."

    Culpeper - Nov. 11 - Letters Home - Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East.

    Mount Vernon - Nov 11 - Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans- A traditional barbershop chorus of military tunes will be sung by an all-veteran vocalist group at 11 a.m. Active duty, former, and retired military may enjoy free free admission all day. 

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico opened November 13, 2006. "The museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima."

    Arlington - Arlington National Cemetery is a shrine to the thousands of men and women who have died to keep our country free. More than 200,000 veterans and their dependents are buried here. Memorial sites include the Iwo Jima Memorial dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775.

    Other sites at Arlington include: Tomb of the Unknowns; John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy Eternal Flame; and the Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial.

    Be sure to watch the guard walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns. He takes 21 steps, which represent a 21-gun salute and the highest honor given to any soldier. He waits for 21 seconds before he performs an about-face and moves his rifle to his outside shoulder, away from the Tomb. Guards are changed every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Arlington - Arlington House/Robert E. Lee Memorial was where Robert E. Lee wrote the letter resigning his commission from the U.S. Army to fight for his native Virginia. After the Civil War, he never returned to the house.

    Arlington - Women in Military Service for America Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring servicewomen who have courageously and selflessly served in America's defense from the American Revolution to the present day.

    Arlington - The new Air Force Memorial is adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, overlooking the Pentagon and easily seen on the skyline of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

    Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Military Park commemorates the heroic deeds of the men engaged at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. The park also includes the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine.

    Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg National Cemetery was established in 1866 and is the burial ground of 15,200 Union Soldiers.

    Manassas - The Freedom Museum was founded in 1999 by a group of veterans wanting to honor the contributions of the men and women of the Armed Forces and civilian leaders to world peace and freedom.

    Triangle - Quantico National Cemetery includes the burial sites of national heroes and notables such as Gen. Lewis William Walt, an original member of Edson's Raiders and World War II Marine combat photographer, Louis Lowery, who took the photograph of the first U.S. flag raising atop Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi in 1945.



    Central Virginia


    Bedford - Nov. 10 - National D-Day Memorial - Marine's 238th Birthday Celebration - Marine’s 238th Birthday Celebration - In honor of the Marine’s 238th birthday all active duty Marines and veterans will receive free admission into the Memorial.

    Lynchburg - Nov 11 - Veterans's Day at the Lynchburg Museum - Tour the Lynchburg Museum within the Old Court House for free in honor of all who have served our country.

    Lynchburg - Nov 11 - Veterans's Day at Point of Honor - Tour Point of Honor for free in honor of all who have served our country.

    Richmond - Nov. 11 - Commonwealth's Veterans Day Ceremony - We honor all veterans who served our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifce. This event coincides with the signing of the WWI Armistice on November 11, 1918. The event will begin at 10:00 am with the playing of TAPS at the conclusion at 11:00 am.

    Bedford - Nov 11 - National D-Day Memorial - Veterans' Day Observance - Take time to honor all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during this special ceremony. The program begins at 11am. Admission to the Memorial will be free from 10AM until noon, but guests are reminded to bring a chair for the program. The program includes music, guest speakers, and recognition of all veterans.

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    Bedford - The National D-Day Memorial is located in the town suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The Memorial pays tribute to the Allied Forces participating in the largest land, sea and air operation in history — the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

    Danville - National Memorial Cemetery was created just after the Civil War in 1867. Prisoners of War who died in Danville were first buried in mass graves, but later were exhumed and buried beneath individual markers or sent to their homes in the North for reburial.

    Halifax - The Halifax County War Memorial is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women who answered our nation's call to arms in wars and conflicts from the American Revolution through Desert Storm. The memorial features 734 names of Halifax citizens, who will never be forgotten.

    Richmond - Hollywood Cemetery opened in 1849 and is the resting place of more than 18,000 Confederate soldiers, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and President James Monroe, who served in the Revolutionary War.

    Richmond - Virginia War Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Virginians in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. More than 100,000 civilians are also remembered for volunteer war-time activities.

    Ruckersville - Vietnam War Foundation is dedicated to presenting the Vietnam Era story through 'A Museum to Honor Our Vietnam Veterans' to schools and the general public through narration and static displays of actual equipment used by the men and women who served in VN during the 10 years of conflict.

    South Hill - Veterans War Memorial provides a stirring tribute to those who have given so much so that Americans can live free.



    Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads


    Portsmouth - Nov 9 - Honoring Our Veterans - Step into a world recreation of 1943 US Naval Recruiting Station, with hands-on displays featuring real World War II artifacts and accurate reproduction gear and equipment. Program is free with paid admission. No registration required.

    Surry - Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Event Flag Retirement Ceremony at Chippokes Plantation SP - Join Surry's American Legion, Post 160, in retiring American Flags at our campground.

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    Newport News - The Victory Arch was built in 1919 to commemorate returning WWI troops who disembarked from ships and marched through the Arch in Victory Parades. There's an eternal flame for all the men and women of the Armed Forces.

    Newport News - Virginia War Museum presents military history from 1775 to the present day through weapons, vehicles, uniforms, insignia, a Women at War gallery and Marches Toward Freedom, which explores the roles of women and African Americans in the military.

    Norfolk - The Black Soldiers Memorial honors African American Union soldiers. Both Civil War and Spanish American War veterans are buried here.

    Norfolk - The MacArthur Memorial traces the life and military career of General Douglas MacArthur and honors all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Portsmouth - Cedar Grove Cemetery was established in 1832 and features historic markers to guide visitors on self-guided tours. Maritime and military leaders are buried there.

    Portsmouth - Medal of Honor Monument commemorates 11 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients including Charles Veal, 4th Colored Troops, a Portsmouth native who dashed forward to seize the nation's colors from a dying soldier at the Battle of New Market Heights in 1864.



    Shenandoah Valley


    Harrisonburg - Nov. 10 - Annual Veterans Day Parade - The City of Harrisonburg will host its Annual Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 10, 2013.

    Harrisonburg - Nov. 10 - Veterans Day Celebration - Come downtown to the flag-lined streets of Harrisonburg to honor the Veterans who have served our country.

    Staunton - Nov 11 - Veterans Day Program at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum - A dramatic reading of President Wilson's Armistice Day address to Congress, as well as a keynote address by Dr. Edward Lengel, author of To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne 1918 and noted University of Virginia military historian, are highlights of this Veterans Day event at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Veterans and their families will receive free admission the Library and Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    Lexington - George C. Marshall Museum is a living memorial honoring General George Catlett Marshall, adjacent to the Virginia Military Institute, Marshall's alma mater.

    Lexington - Lee Chapel at Washington & Lee University was built in 1867 during Lee's term as President of Washington College. His tomb and the famous recumbent statue of Lee by Edward V. Valentine are also here.



    Blue Ridge Highlands


    Stuart - Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day Historical Hike at Fairy Stone SP - Come join us for a historical hike showcasing the contributions of the CCC to Fairy Stone State Park.

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    Hillsville - Carroll County Heritage Flag Pole, which was erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans as a Heritage Flag Pole in 1691, on which historic flags are flown on different days commemorating different wars.



    Southern Virginia


    Martinsville - Nov. 11 - Veterans Appreciation Day - PHCC holding an appreciation day for Veterans and active military. Speaker, vendors and blood mobile on site. Event open to everyone. Breakfast provided to Veterans and active military.

    Museums, Memorials, Monuments 

    Clarksville - The Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all the war dead from Mecklenburg County from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism.

    Danville - The American Amoured Foundation, Inc. - Tank Museum is the most extensive collection of tank and cavalry artifacts in the world. A visit to the Tank Museum rewards visitors with 103 tanks and artillery pieces, as well as 150 mid-sized weapons, 1500 uniforms and much more.



    Chesapeake Bay


    Lancaster - Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day - Create a care package for a Veteran - Please join our workshop to create care packages for the patients of McGuire Veterans Affair Medical Center in Richmond.

Last Updated: 5/23/2014 12:03 PM
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