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Colonial Williamsburg Offers Free Admission For Military Families In Honor of Veterans Day Weekend

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WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg will continue its tradition of honoring the U.S. military by offering free admission Thursday, November 11, through Sunday, November 14, to all active-duty military, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, retirees and their dependents in honor of Veterans Day weekend.

The Honoring Service to America program is made possible by a $100,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation as part of its ongoing dedication to enhancing the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. Since 2015, the program has distributed nearly 45,000 tickets to military families on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Colonial Williamsburg will also host a series of special events honoring veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, including the following:

A 60-minute Veterans Day Proclamation Ceremony beginning at 10am on Palace Green presented in partnership with the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Visit a Nation Builder with George Washington at 11:45am and Marquis de Lafayette at 2:45pm at the Charlton Stage.

Military March Honoring America’s Veterans at 3pm featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums, Military Programs staff, and members of Williamsburg community veterans groups. The march will begin at Capitol Circle and conclude at Market Square with a ceremony behind the courthouse featuring an address by Nation Builder George Washington.

End of Day Salute at 4:40pm performed by a lone bagpiper from the roof deck of the Governor’s Palace.

In Defense of our Liberty evening program offered at 7pm at the Magazine. Separate tickets at an additional cost are required.

During their visit, military families are encouraged to visit the Liberty Lounge, a complimentary space for ticketed military guests to relax and recharge in the Historic Area that has served more than 205,000 military guests and their families since opening.

Free Honoring Service to America single-day passes are available at all onsite ticket locations with proper identification. Minor dependents must be accompanied by an adult, and dependents ages 10 and over must present valid dependent identification.

Service members do not need to be present for qualifying guests to receive free Honoring Service to America tickets, which are provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service.

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