Veterans Day 2012 in Washington DC
Whether you come from a military family or not, recognizing the efforts of the nation’s armed service veterans is a small gesture in honoring those who have kept this country and its citizens safe. On November 11, 2012, the nation will honor them in a number of ways, including a variety of events in DC near Your DC hotels, Washington DC hotels and our hotels near Washington DC.
Veterans Day is a great time to visit the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. Many of the memorials and a few other attractions around the region host special events in honor of America’s veterans. The main event in the nation’s capital is the observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery
November 11, 2012, 11 a.m. 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. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.
American Freedom Festival
November 10, 2012. Patriot Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Legendary rock bands Chicago and Kansas perform a tribute concert that honors our veterans and Armed Forces while benefiting various organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military service members, wounded warriors and their families throughout the country. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. A Veterans Career Hiring Event will be held from 9am – 3pm in conjunction with the event. For more information, visit www.affhiringevents.com.
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National Marine Corps Museum
November 10, 2012, noon. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.
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Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
November 11, 2012. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreath laying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreath laying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.
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Manassas Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2012, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.
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