Pay tribute at these 11 Veterans Day events

Here’s where you can honor both those who have served and are currently serving.

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Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Arlington National Cemetery’s Veterans Day Observance
Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-Noon
This free first come, first served event will feature a prelude concert at the Memorial Amphitheater, a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and conclude with a national observance program. Gates will open at 8 a.m., the concert will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. After the wreath laying, flags of various veteran organizations will lead a procession back to the amphitheater for the observance program honoring all fallen, veteran and active-duty members of the U.S. military. // Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans
Nov. 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Following the 8:55 a.m. flag raising, a performance by the Harmony Heritage Singers will commence. General George Washington and his wife Martha will interact with visitors from noon-3 p.m.,  during which time there will also be a wreath laying ceremony.  A U.S. Air Force String Orchestra performance will wrap up the day’s events. Admission is free for all active duty, former and retired military members, though adult tickets cost $18, children 6-11 $9, and seniors $16. // Historic Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt. Vernon 

Soldier-led Tours in Honor of Veteran’s Day
Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
A Union Army interpreter will discuss his Civil War military experience while leading guest on a tour through Fort Ward. The weather dependent program is free to the public. // Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site: 4301 W Braddock Road, Alexandria

Lecture-African Americans in World War I
Nov. 11, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
C.R. Gibbs, an author and local historian, will host an annual Veterans Day lecture entitled “Undaunted Courage: African Americans & World War I.” Gibbs will also take time to recognize local WWI veterans. // Alexandria Black History Museum: 902 Wythe St., Alexandria

Celebrating Veterans and the Arts
Nov. 11, 1 p.m.
The Hylton Performing Arts Center will host an afternoon full of Veterans Day-themed events which include an art exhibit, art project, a “War and Recovery” lecture by Master Sergeant Martin J. Cervantez and musical performances by the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. All events are free to the public, with the exception of the “Salute to Veterans” concert put on by the American Festival Pops All-Stars. The concert is free for all veterans, service members, military caregivers and their families, though all other guests will be charged a $15 ticket fee. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

Veterans Day Distiller’s Festival
Nov. 11, 1- 8 p.m.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Decorate A Vet, a nonprofit that seeks to help Northern Virginia veterans with home maintenance.  Tickets will award guests with spirit tastings, beer, wine and food. An all you can eat VIP package costs $350, while 33 tickets can be purchased for $60, 22 for $40 and 11 for $20.  // Falls Church Distillers: 442 S. Washington St., Suite A, Falls Church

Tribute to Veterans of Spotsylvania
Nov. 11, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Congressman Rob Wittman and Delegate Robert Orrock will speak at this Spotsylvania ceremony, accompanied by music from the Enduring Freedom Honor Team. A Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour will bring with it an interactive exhibit highlighting locals who served in both WWI and WWII and guests will be able to take a Remembrance Rider around Dominion Raceway trailed by a police motorcycle escort. // Spotsylvania Merchant Square Pavilion: 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania Courthouse

20th Annual Women in Military Service for America Memorial Ceremony
Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
This free event will feature a keynote address by the Center for Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs director Ms. Kayla Williams, plus special appearances from NBC’s The Brave cast members. Formal military honors, remarks from veterans and a wreath laying ceremony will also take place. // Memorial Ave. & Schley Drive, Arlington

Bristoe Station Veterans Day Commemorative Candlelight Tour
Nov. 11, 6-8 p.m.
A candlelit tour of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park will make mention of the notable Civil War soldiers who lost their lives in and around the area. While some were taken by disease, others died during one of two battles which sought to gain control over the region’s railroad. // Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park: 10708 Bristow Road, Bristow          

The Virginia Grand Military Band’s Veterans Day Concert
Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Retired members of Washington, D.C.’s premier U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bands come together as The Virginia Grand Military Band. The group will perform an assortment of historic American tunes at their Veterans Day concert, free to all those who have served. // Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center: 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria

Veterans Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Nov. 12, 8-10 p.m.
For $45, guests can raise a glass to those who served in the Revolutionary War while enjoying English Country dances, music, drinks from a cash bar and desserts inspired by the time in the Gadby’s Tavern Museum ballroom.  1780s costumes are encouraged but not required. // Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria

 

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