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Each year thousands of visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial gather to honor our nation’s veterans. On this special day, prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thought-evoking and patriotic speeches. This ceremony pays tribute to all of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen, regardless of what conflict they served in.    


The 2014 ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 1:00 pm at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

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Washington National Cathedral to Host Weekend Veterans Tribute

Ahead of Veteran’s Day, Washington National Cathedral will pay tribute to the service of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families in a weekend-long tribute from Friday, November 7 until Sunday, November 9.

The highlight of the weekend will be a Veterans Tribute and Concert, which will include a performance by “The President’s Own,” Marine Corps Orchestra. Wartime letters selected from the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University will also be read aloud to honor those who paid the ultimate price and those who have returned.

As part of its programming, the Cathedral will host a Friday morning interfaith prayer breakfast (by invitation only), featuring a keynote from United States Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. On Sunday, a Remembrance service held in collaboration with the British, Canadian, French, German, Australian and New Zealand Embassies will mark the centennial anniversary since the beginning of World War I. Passes are required for the service.

The weekend’s program is part of National Cathedral’s Veterans Initiative, an ongoing effort to pay tribute to those who have served, offer a space for healing to veterans and their families and to educate the public on the experience of military families during and after active duty.

Veterans Interfaith Prayer Breakfast | Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. EST
Veterans Tribute and Concert | Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Remembrance Service | Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. EST

Where: Washington National Cathedral | 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW

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Attending the National Veterans Day Ceremony

  • A patriotic ceremony honoring America's military members and Veterans is scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11 a.m., in Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a ceremony inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb. The event will commence with a prelude concert by the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" at 10:00 a.m., inside the amphitheater.

  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. Every effort is made to perform security screenings quickly and efficiently, but there may be lines to pass through the screening stations. Once capacity has been reached - which often happens by 10:30 or earlier - entrance to the Tomb and amphitheater area of the cemetery will be closed.

  • This year's event will be hosted by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki; Russell C. Vowinkel, Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the World Wars; and Major General Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the Joint Force Headquarters–National Capital Region.

  • Both ceremonies are free and open to the public. For those interested in observing the wreath ceremony, space is limited to standing room only. Inside the amphitheater, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are needed to attend these events. The events conclude at noon.

  • Arlington National Cemetery is accessible via Metro on the Blue Line (between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations). The cemetery gates will open at 8 a.m.

  • Fort Myer will operate a free shuttle for DoD Identification card holders from the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel parking lot. Walking into the cemetery is prohibited from Fort Myer.


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