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Veterans Day in Washington, DC: Honoring America's Heroes

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Veterans Day is November 11, 2009 and if you are in Washington, DC there are many opportunities to pay tribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces--past, present and future. And with the many events taking place at the national monuments and memorials, it is a great time to tour them as well.

  • Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial. At 8 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony will be placed at the National World War II Memorial.

  • Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by a ceremony in the Memorial Amphitheater. For further information call 703-607-8000.

  • Story Telling at the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Throughout the day storytelling will be featured near the Vietnam Women's Memorial, located at 23rd and Constitution Ave. NW. For further information call 1-866-822-8963 or visit the Vietnam Women's Memorial Web site.

  • Veterans Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. At 1 p.m. a ceremony featuring speakers, a color guard and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will take place. For further information call 202-619-7222.

  • Veterans Day at the United States Navy Memorial. At 1 p.m. the Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue, located at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For further information call 202-737-2300.

  • Veterans Day at the African-American Civil War Memorial. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the African-American Civil War Memorial, located at Vermont Avenue and U Street, NW. For further information call 202-426-6924 or 202-667-2667.

  • The Women in Military Service for America Memorial A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. For more information call 800-222-2294.

  • The First Division Memorial. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the First Division Memorial, the grassy panel at 17th Street, south of E Street, NW.

  • Veterans Day at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon will admit all active duty or retired military free on Veteran's Day. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers and a wreath laying ceremony. Visit the Mount Vernon Web Site.

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