7 Veterans Day Celebrations Around the United States
Veterans Day was first recognized in 1919 to commemorate the conclusion of World War I, then called The Great War. Originally named Armistice Day, it was held on Nov. 11, the day fighting on the Western Front ceased.
Here are seven especially noteworthy Veterans Day celebrations across the United States. If none of these celebrations are convenient, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a more detailed listing.
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Drive, Fort Myer, VA
The National Veterans Day Ceremony features a wreath laying at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m. EST. Gates open at 8 a.m. with the area being closed off once capacity is reached. Admission is free.
National World War I Museum
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, Missouri
The National World War I Museum's program starts at 9:30 a.m. CST. The National World War I Museum's formal program starts at 9:30 a.m. CST and runs until 4 p.m. Highlights include a formal program with remarks from the city's mayor and an area congressman, historians welcoming guests in authentic period regalia and a demonstration from the Military Canine Unit from Ft. Leavenworth.
National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St., New Orleans, Louisiana
The Train Car Experience exhibit opens at the National World War II Museum today, allowing visitors to relive the experience of soldiers heading off to war. According to USA Today, the exhibit features "a 26-passenger replica 1940s Pullman sleeper car, along with news broadcasts, film clips and Big Band music from the era, to give visitors a sense of what it was like to leave home for basic training, and ultimately, deployment." The museum's Veterans Day program starts at 11 a.m. CST.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, California
CNN anchor Jake Tapper and Vietnam veteran Tom Reilly will speak at the Reagan Library. There'll also be live music, a Civil War encampment and a military vehicle display. The program begins at 10 a.m. PST. All Veterans Day activities are free. Regular admission rates still apply for the museum's exhibits, expect for veterans and active military, for whom it's free.
Fifth Avenue from 26th to 56th Streets, New York, New York
"The largest event in the nation honoring those who have defended our freedoms" attracts 20,000 participants-including four Medal of Honor recipients-and nearly 750,000 spectators.
The parade starts at 11:25 a.m. EST and wraps up around 3:30 p.m.
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois
The opening reception for Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience, takes place from 5-9 p.m. CST with the museum itself opening at 12 p.m. "Featuring art by nine veterans of Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war," according to the museum's website. Veterans' Voices, a documentary performance by Erasing the Distance & Filament Theatre Ensemble, starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Washington National Cathedral
3690 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
The cathedral's Service and Sacrifice tours, "examine iconography in Cathedral sculpture, stained glass, and needlework that pays tribute to many significant events in our nation's history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country." The run at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST. Tickets are $10, reservations required.