Veterans Day, Nov. 11, encourages citizens across the country to honor veterans of all wars for their patriotism, unselfish willingness to serve in the military and make the ultimate sacrifice for America. There are several events that will recognize the men and women who serve their country in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The events are current as listed today, November 8.
Veterans Day Parade, Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high-school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units and vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations. There will be exhibits and informational booths in the pavilion area. Antique and modern-day military vehicles will be part of the parade. The festivities will pay special appreciation to veterans of the Cold War as well. 11 a.m., free
Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is located across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge in Arlington, Va. The national Veterans Day service featuring a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visitors are advised to arrive at Arlington at least 30 minutes early as seating is limited in the amphitheater. 11:00 a.m. A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. Free
Mount Vernon Estates and Garden. On Veterans Day, a wreath will be placed at George Washington’s tomb in honor of the country’s first commander-in-chief. An all-veteran barbershop chorus will perform a patriotic concerts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Price: $15 adults 12 to 61/$7 youth 7 to 11/$14 seniors 62 and older/free active duty military and veterans, children age 4 and younger.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Veterans Day tribute will include the color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony that will pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and other military conflicts. 1:00 p.m. free
Navy Memorial. This memorial includes both the Naval Heritage Center and a commemorative public plaza. At the edge of the plaza, a symbolic statue of a Lone Sailor stands guard. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue as part of the Veterans Day commemoration at 1:00 p.m. Dwight Zimmerman and John Gresham will discuss the book “Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and The Six Warriors Who Earned it in Afghanistan and Iraq” at noon. Free