Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day!!!

Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. The national holiday is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the day World War I ended in 1918. Today Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country.

Veterans Day is a great time to visit the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

Arlington National Cemetery Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703) 607-8000 This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 11 a.m. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.

Vietnam Women's Memorial Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505 Storytelling at 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

World War II Memorial 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremonies at 8 a.m.

Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. 1:00 p.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and Navy Band. 2:30 p.m. “World War II Radio Show” Live Concert. For one hour, be transported back to the 1940s. Local entertainers “Make A Scene Music” will recreate the atmosphere of a WWII era radio show as performed by “Maxine and LaVerne Andrews,” accompanied at the keyboard by their sister, “Patty.” This interactive program involves the “radio studio” audience with requests, sing-alongs and trivia questions from the era. Some of the songs performed will include popular 1940s hits such as “Don’t Sit Under the Appletree,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” along with patriotic favorites like “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “God Bless America.”

National Marine Corps Museum 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. November 9-11, 2008, Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day programs include ceremonial sword cake cuttings, displays of marine uniforms, tastings of a Meal Ready to Eat, and special exhibits.

Air Force Memorial One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Virginia. 22204. (703) 979-0674. November 10, 2008, 1 p.m. The Secretary of the Air Force is hosting a Wreath-laying Ceremony in honor of all Air Force veterans.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, and "Martha Washington" talking about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, $13 for adults and $6 children. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.

*Info from About.Com

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