Dating back to World War One, the U.S. has honored and celebrated veterans and servicemen and women for their contributions for nearly 100 years with Veterans Day, which this year falls on Wednesday. From events at memorials to concerts, here’s a look at five Veterans Day events in and around the nation’s capital honoring those who have served their nation.
National Veterans Day Observance
When: The cemetery opens at 8:00 a.m. and the program runs until noon
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
This year marks the 62nd National Veterans Day Observance. The event features a concert by the U.S. Army band and a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier followed by a program by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about visiting the cemetery click here.
Women In Military Service For America Memorial
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery
This year marks the 18th annual event that features formal military honors, a keynote address, a wreath-laying and remarks from veterans. The women’s memorial at Arlington Cemetery honors women who have served in the country’s armed forces.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
The annual event honors those who served during the Vietnam War as well as other conflicts. The event features a wreath-laying ceremony and a keynote address. Col. Bruce P. Crandal, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Battle of Ia Drang, will deliver this year’s keynote. Crandal flew over 900 combat missions during the Vietnam War.
National Cathedral Veterans Day Tribute Concert
When: 4 p.m.
Where: The National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave.
A concert honoring the armed forces and their families will feature the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the Washington National Cathedral singers. This event does not require ticketing and is open to the public.
Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans
When: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Outside of the District at the home of President George Washington, performances and a wreath-laying will honor veterans. The Harmony Heritage Singers were scheduled perform at 11:00 a.m. and the United States Air Force String Orchestra at 3 p.m. Veterans will be offered free admission to the estate.