Veterans Day Celebrations Preview In DC

November 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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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. Don’t miss out on this special day to recognize the men and women who serve the country. 
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Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22011
(877) 907-8585

Price: free
Hours: 11 a.m.

Arlington National Cemetery performs nearly 30 funerals each day. The cemetery is located across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge in Arlington, Va. Stop by for the national Veterans Day service featuring a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Because of the ceremony’s popularity, visitors are advised to arrive at Arlington at least 30 minutes early as seating is limited in the amphitheater.

Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA
(703) 780-2000

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
Hours: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The nation’s first president, George Washington, and his wife lived at  historic Mount Vernon, which is now considered one of the most popular historic sites in America. The estate is nestled along the Potomac River in Northern Virginia and is 16 miles south of the nations capital. 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.

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Veterans Day Parade
Quarry Road and Prescott Avenue
Manassas, Virginia
(571) 641-5350

Price: free
Hours: Nov. 10 – 11 a.m.

This is the fourth annual parade the town of Manassas that honors veterans. 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.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
5 Henry Bacon Drive NW
Washington, DC.
(202) 426-6841

Price: free
Hours: 1 p.m.

This memorial is part of the National Mall and is adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial found in West Potomac Park. More than 58,000 names of service members have been etched on the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in honor of those who fought in the Vietnam War, died in service and those missing in action. 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.

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Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC.
(202) 737-2300

Price: free
Hours: 1 p.m.

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. For those who enjoy books, 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.

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Sarah Hearn is a freelance writer covering all things DC. Her work can be found on

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