National World War II Memorial Veterans Day 2020

Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony will take place at the World War II Memorial.

On Wednesday, November 11 beginning at 9:00 a.m., (EST) the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service (NPS) will pay tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II during a special Veterans Day event hosted virtually at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Event Speakers and Guests

  • World War II Veteran Harry Miller
  • Josiah Bunting III, chairman, Friends of the National World War II Memorial
  • Jane Droppa, vice chairman, Friends of the National Word War II Memorial
  • Jeff Reinbold, superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • Daniel M. DiLella, chair of U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (America 250)
  • Chaplain (LTC) Tammie E. Crews, Deputy Command Chaplain, Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region / U.S. Army Military District of Washington
  • Military District of Washington Armed Forces Color Guard
  • United States Army Brass Quintet
  • United States Army Band Bugler

About the Event

At 9:00 a.m., a pre-recorded ceremony will be streamed via the Friends Facebook page ( Josiah Bunting III and Jeff Reinbold will deliver opening remarks. Chaplain Tammie Crews will offer an invocation and Jane Droppa will deliver a tribute to World War II veteran, champion of the National World War II Memorial, and Friends founder, Ambassador F. Haydn Williams.

At 9:30 a.m., wreaths will be placed at the World War II Memorial Freedom Wall in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans and 60 million people killed worldwide during the deadliest military conflict in human history. This portion of the event is private and will be streamed live via the Friends Facebook page. The National Park Service will co-host the event and the Military District of Washington will provide military support.

How To Participate

Online via Friends’ Facebook page and the National World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

Event Times and Date

Wednesday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Sam Smith or Scott Warner


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