Veterans Day 2021
BRINGING THE MEMORIAL DEDICATION TO LIFE
When: Oct. 30-Nov. 30
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, North Lawn; Union Station
What: 100 years ago, on Nov. 1, 1921, more than 100,000 people gathered to see the supreme Allied commanders dedicate the site of the Liberty Memorial. See what the day looked like by scanning the QR codes located on signs scattered across the North Lawn and Union Station. Each QR code will show the viewer a photo or video taken from that exact location 100 years ago. FREE to the public.
When: Nov. 9-30
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Museum Corridor
What: The Museum and Memorial is honored to host America250’s November Salute, a commemorative photo mosaic art installation honoring the service and sacrifice of U.S. active duty military service members, reservists, guard members and veterans. Created by The People’s Picture, two giant floor-to-ceiling mosaics will be located inside the Museum on the corridor walls. The mosaics will feature over 3,500 photos each, from the Museum and Memorial collection and thousands of veterans portraits submitted by the public. Guests are invited to take photos and learn about some of those featured. Access to view the mosaics is free and available during operating hours. FREE to the public.
VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLE DISPLAY
When: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 13
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Southeast Lawn
What: The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will display vintage military vehicles from World War I, World War II, Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. MVPA members will be available to answer questions about their collection. Availability subject to weather. FREE to the public.
VIETNAM ERA BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS “HUEY” HELICOPTER DISPLAY
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, Nov. 12-14
Where: Rectangular Drive outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #243 will provide an iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter for people to climb aboard and inspect. FREE to the public.
WORLD WAR I RESEARCH STATIONS
When: All Day; Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 11-14
Where: Outside Auditorium Lobby inside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: Find your connection to World War I during Memorial Day weekend through research stations at the Museum. With access to multiple databases – including Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum and Memorial’s online collections database, the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and the National Archives – discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and much more. FREE to the public.
100 YEAR SITE DEDICATION CEREMONY
When: 8-8:15 a.m.; Thursday, Nov. 11
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, North Lawn (by the General's Wall near Pershing Ave.)
What: Join us for a symbolic recreation of the site dedication ceremony 100 years ago, with five representatives standing in for the five Allied commanders and their respective countries. FREE to the public.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
When: 10-11 a.m.; Thursday, Nov. 11
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Auditorium and Lobby
What: Join us for a moving ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans. The formal public program will include remarks from dignitaries and a keynote address from Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) David Clark. Special music will be performed by renowned singers Ben Gulley and Vanessa Thomas. ASL interpretation will be provided for the ceremony. FREE to the public.