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Veteran’s Day Celebrations in Williamsburg and Yorktown
The Historic Triangle is home for many military families. Our area is a patchwork of battlefields where victories and defeats shaped our present day country. This week take some time out to celebrate our Veterans at any number of events below. And thank you to all of our military families and veterans.
Cedar Grove Cemetery – The Rotary Club of James City County placed American flags on 440+ Veterans’ graves at Cedar Grove Cemetery, in Williamsburg. Walk through cemetery and honor those Veterans’. Located at 809 S. Henry Street.
“Flags for Heroes” – From Saturday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 14. Rotary Club of James City County presents “Flags for Heroes” at Veterans Park. This 100-flag exhibition honors veterans, active, retired and fallen military. Veterans Park is at 3793 Ironbound Road.
Colonial Williamsburg Virtual Veterans Day Salute 2020 – Wednesday, November 11th at 11am. Join the men and women of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and community chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the American Friends of Lafayette as they salute our nation’s military veterans in a virtual Veterans Day presentation hosted by General George Washington, as portrayed by Ron Carnegie. With a special musical salute by the United States Air Force Heritage Brass.
Flag Retirement Ceremony – Wednesday, November 11th at 11am-12pm at Chippokes Plantation State Park. Following a long standing tradition, American Legion Post 160 will be coming to the campfire ring in the campground to preform a flag retirement ceremony. With a few guest speakers, and an explanation of the process of retiring a flag, the event will be a wonderful experience for all ages. If you would like to donate a flag for the ceremony, we will have a “drop box” in the Visitor Center at the park, or you can bring the flag with you to the ceremony. Due to the current pandemic, and restrictions, we are keeping the event limited. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair of your own for seating. The thick smoke created by the retirement ceremony, and the potential for being unable to ensure social distancing, we strongly encourage our guests to wear masks while attending. For more information, please call 757-294-3728.
Veteran’s Day Taskinas Trek – Wednesday, November 11th from 10am-1pm. Honor our Veterans with a great hike on a great trail. The Taskinas Creek Trail is one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in eastern Virginia. Experience the elevation changes of rollercoaster like ravines. Take in the panoramic views of the marsh and observe the wildlife.
Annual Grace Church Veterans Day Ceremony – Wednesday, November 11 at 111 Church Street at 10 a.m. – Ceremony followed by the playing of “Taps” and replacement of flags “with Honors” of the 96 known veterans from pre-Revolutionary War to Korea and Vietnam. Due to COVID-19 modifications, attendance will be limited to the first 50-75 people at this annual event, and officials will do contact tracing for everyone who attends, per church requirements. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering during the ceremony, and outdoor areas will be marked out for social distancing. Known veterans buried at Grace Church will still receive recognition and honors during the reading. Following the ceremony, families and friends may visit the graves of loved ones, as appropriate.
Colonial Williamsburg Virtual The First U.S. Veterans – Wednesday, November 11th at 2pm. “Exploring Our World” series will examine the lives of our first veterans, those who served in the Revolutionary War.
State Parks – In honor of Veterans Day, November 11. 2020, veterans and active duty military receive free parking at all Virginia State Parks on Wednesday. It is also one of the free parking days for those with Virginia State Parks license plates.
Colonial Williamsburg – Free Admission Honoring Service to America –
Wednesday through Sunday, November 11-15, 2020
Colonial Williamsburg is offering FREE admission during Veterans Day weekend, Wednesday through Sunday, November 11-15, to all active duty Military, Reservists, Retirees, Veterans, National Guardsmen and their immediate dependents.* LEARN MORE HERE
City of Williamsburg – All Military personnel receive half price jon boat and pedal boat rentals during the month of November 2020. Includes Active Duty, DOD, Reserves, Guard, Retirees, Veterans and Military Spouses. Military ID is required, one boat rental per person/per day, discount does not apply to vehicle entrance fee. Questions, contact Waller Mill Park at (757) 259-3778.
Virginia Living Museum: Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2020 : Wild Things Museum Store 20% off all non-sale items for VLM member vets, 10% off for non-member vets
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR: As a thank you to our military, the Virginia Living Museum offers $1.00 off daily admission or $15 off any level of general membership, discounts do not apply to guest add-ons. You must show a valid military i.d. Veterans/Retirees also qualify. Military discount cannot be applied to online admission or membership purchases. Discount is only available at front desk with valid military i.d.
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