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Colonial Williamsburg Offers Special Programs and Deals in Honor of Veterans Day
Submitted by Anna Cordle

CWDeal imageWILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Nov. 6, 2018) – Colonial Williamsburg honors American military service Veterans Day weekend Nov. 9-12 with free Single-day admission for all active-duty military, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, retirees and their dependents. The foundation observes Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I on Sunday, Nov. 11 with special military-themed programs including a veterans’ parade and a ceremony honoring fallen service members.

The "Honoring Service to America” complimentary ticket program is made possible again this year by a generous $100,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, the mission of which is to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. The program has distributed more than 31,000 tickets to members of the military and their family members since 2014.

"The Home Depot Foundation is thrilled to provide this opportunity for military members and their families to experience Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums,” said John E. Ellington, director of finance and grants administration for the Home Depot Foundation. "We can think of no better place than Colonial Williamsburg for them to visit during Veterans Day weekend, as our nation comes together to reflect upon, celebrate and honor the service and sacrifices of our military.”

While onsite, military guests and their families are encouraged to visit Colonial Williamsburg’s new military information desk at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the Liberty Lounge, a complimentary space for ticketed military guests to relax and recharge in the Historic Area that has served more than 145,000 military guests and their families since opening.

"The Home Depot Foundation’s support for the Honoring Service to America program has been incredibly generous, and we are grateful to them for making free admission for military families possible,” said Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss and leader of the Foundation’s military outreach initiative. "Colonial Williamsburg is proud to welcome military families this Veterans Day weekend and every day of the year.”

Colonial Williamsburg kicks off Veterans Day Nov. 11 with a military proclamation at 10 a.m. near the entrance to the Liberty Lounge on Duke of Gloucester Street. At 2 p.m. active-duty military, veterans and their families are invited to gather outside the Capitol building for a parade down Duke of Gloucester Street honoring veterans at 2:20 p.m. The parade, led by Colonial Williamsburg Nation Builders George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, concludes with a Salute to the Citizen Soldier. At 3:30 p.m. a service honoring fallen service members is held in collaboration with the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in the Governor’s Palace Revolutionary War cemetery. The memorial service is free and open to the public. As dusk falls, a lone bagpiper will honor our nation’s heroes with music played from the roof deck of the Governor’s Palace.

Free Honoring Service to America admission tickets are available year-round to active duty service members, reservists and National Guard members. In addition to complimentary and discount admission for military families year-round, Colonial Williamsburg is proud to offer military discounts on Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, retail, golf and spa.

Free Honoring Service to America tickets are available at all onsite ticket locations with proper ID. Minor dependents must be accompanied by an adult, and dependents ages 10 and over must present valid dependent ID. Service members need not 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. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at all onsite ticketing locations.

Additional information on the "Honoring Service to America” program and other military offerings is available by visiting www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/military  or by calling 855-296- 6627 toll-free and by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.


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