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November 11th, 2010
Ceremonies to Honor Our Heroes

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CEREMONIES

Alexandria (Va.) Black History Museum
Honor the African American men and women who fought and continue to fight for our country by attending the Veterans Day event that includes speakers, music and dramatic presentations. The event is free to all and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arlington National Cemetery 
Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country are recognized with a wreath-laying ceremony each year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony. The service begins at 11 a.m. The cemetery is located in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.  at the west end of the Memorial Bridge.

Fort Ward 
A Union soldier in period uniform will lead free walking tours of Fort Ward in Alexandria, Va., at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 6. The hour-long tours introduce the history of the Defenses of Washington, the role of Fort Ward (a 19th-century fortification) and the troops who were stationed nearby during the Civil War.

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Special Veterans Day activities include a free patriotic community concert by an all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m. "Martha Washington" also will conduct a free discussion about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Finally, a wreath laying is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the tomb of George Washington. The wreath laying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, although there is no entry fee active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

National Marine Corps Museum 
Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. The Museum is located at 18900 Jefferson David Highway, Triangle, Va.

Navy Memorial 
The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue as 1 p.m. in a special commemoration on Veterans Day at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American History Museum 
Historian Robert Gandt discusses "The Twilight Warriors," his tale of the pilots, Sailors, Marines and their Japanese adversaries who fought the battle for Okinawa -- the last and bloodiest sea and air engagement of WWII. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day at the museum, located on the National Mall at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American Indian Museum 
Photojournalist Steven Clevenger of the Osage Tribe discusses his book "America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq" at 2 p.m. on Veterans Day at 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Clevenger spent three years documenting the experiences of Native American soldiers in the Iraq War.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
The Veterans Day event at the Vietnam Wall features a color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony at 1 p.m. The Vietnam Memorial is located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam Women's Memorial 
Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. The Memorial is located next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.

World War II Memorial
A wreath laying ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day at the WWII memorial, located at 17th St. between Constitution and Independence avenues NW, Washington, D.C. 


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