Veterans Day Activities
In order to encourage peace after World War I, November 11, now know as Veterans Day , was designated a legal holiday. At that time, this day was called Armistice Day, and it honored those who had served in the First World War. Today, Veterans Day celebrations are held to thank all American veterans. America’s capital, Washington D.C., remembers veterans in its own special way each year on November 11. Check out what’s happening this year:Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery invites Americans to commemorate our country’s brave men and women at the National Veterans Day Observance. This event includes a Prelude Concert, a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the National Observance Program. This is a free event and anyone is allowed to attend. National Museum of American History Visit the National Museum of American History in order to learn more about the great nation that veterans have fought to protect. This museum holds a variety of different types of artifacts, including the Star-Spangled Banner and a part of Plymouth Rock. A particularly relevant exhibit for Veterans Day is The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. This exhibit covers the impact of wars throughout America’s history, beginning with the French and Indian Wars and ending with the war in Iraq. Veterans Day Concert D.C. will hold a free concert this year called "A Concert for Valor" to celebrate the special day. "A Concert for Valor" will take place at the National Mall near the Capitol and the Washington Monument and will feature a number of famous performers and personalities, including Rihanna, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Oprah Winfrey, and Will Smith. Other Veterans Day Activities Many of the memorials in Washington will also hold special remembrances of veterans. Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, or the Air Force Memorial are just a few ways to spend this Veterans Day. Whether you decide to attend the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery or choose to attend another Veterans Day activity, you will be able to learn a little more about America’s history and take part in history, too.