November 11 was originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, in order to commemorate the end of World War I. Today, Veterans Day is a time to honor all veterans who have served our country during times of peace or war.
There are a number of events throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area recognizing and celebrating these brave men and women. Many ceremonies and performances are held at monuments, memorials, and other notable locations. Alternatively, you could spend the day taking a bus or bike tour to visit most of these locations in one day.
Head to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony. This is followed by an observance program in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater, hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
November 11, 11 a.m.
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. This is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. The ceremony is free and open to the public and includes formal military honors, a keynote address, veterans’ remarks, and a wreath laying.
November 11, 3 p.m.
Attend The National Cathedral Veterans Day Concert for a patriotic evening of contemplative music and stories to honor veterans and their families. The concert features performances by the Washington National Cathedral Choir and the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra.
November 11, 5 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon salutes veterans with free admission on November 11th for all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. Visit the Smith Auditorium for special events: at 11 a.m. the Harmony Heritage Singers will perform, and at 3 p.m. the United States Air Force Strings Orchestra will perform.
November 11, various times