Virginia has been the site of considerable military activity throughout its history, from George Washington’s victory at Yorktown to the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War. This Veterans Day, honor past and present American Veterans by learning more about the region’s military history and attending these commemorative events around Hampton Roads.
The Tidewater Veterans Memorial, Virginia Beach: This memorial symbolizes the turmoil of war and features the flags of the five military services and the POW-MIA flag. On Veterans Day from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m., the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organization will honor the men and women who have served the United States with a parade beginning at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ending at the memorial.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News: This museum is packed with fascinating exhibitions, ship models, and artifacts, including finds from the famous Civil War ironclad the USS Monitor. Don’t miss their exhibitions on shipwreck survival stories, the Navy’s role in defending the United States, and its exciting film interpreting the Battle of Hampton Roads. Members of the military can visit on Veterans Day for the admission price of $5.
US Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis: Located in a current United States army installation, this museum got its start as a storage building filled with displays left over from a recruiting event. Today, the museum focuses on the logistics of war, from the failed 19th century Camel Corps to the Berlin airlift.
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg: The site of considerable militia activity during the Revolution and an inconclusive battle during the Civil War, Williamsburg is no stranger to military history. Military families will receive admission to Colonial Williamsburg for free from Friday November 6-Wednesday November 11. Colonial Williamsburg is also organizing a march honoring American veterans from 4:00-4:50 p.m., featuring the Fifes and Drums Corps, Military Programs Staff, and Williamsburg veterans group. This parade will be followed by a commemorative service behind the Courthouse.
Virginia War Museum, Newport News: This museum was first established in 1923 and contains artifacts relating to the U.S. military since the Revolutionary War. Current exhibitions focus on weapons, the war efforts of women and African-Americans, the plight of prisoners of war, and Hampton Roads during the World Wars. On Veterans Day, visitors will receive $1 off admission.
Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach: This place will have aviation buffs flying high. Not only does this museum collect and restore World War I and World War II era military aircraft, it frequently flies these aircrafts in thrilling flight demonstrations throughout the year. World War II veterans always receive free admission.
Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk: This official museum of the United States Navy showcases over 200 years of naval tradition in Hampton Roads. Visitors will see silverware from the USS Wisconsin, German torpedoes alongside the builder’s model of the USS Maine, the very battleship that helped spark the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Historic Yorktown, Yorktown: Yorktown is the site of one of the most important battles in the history of our country. In fact, it was George Washington’s defeat of General Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown that secured the existence of the United States of America. This Veterans Day, a memorial service in recognition of all US veterans will take place in York Hall.
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