“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou
There’s no better time than Veterans Day to thank those who are serving or have served in the military. Even the smallest act of recognizing someone's service is greatly appreciated. This Veterans Day, we suggest you attend one of these special Veterans Day events in Newport News to show your support for our “heroes and she-roes!”
Veterans Day Ceremony at the Victory Arch
On Sunday, Nov. 11, there will be a ceremony at the Victory Arch, located at 25th Street and West Avenue in downtown Newport News. Sponsored by the American Legion, Braxton-Perkins Post #25, this annual ceremony is held at 11 a.m.
Virginia War Museum Commemorates the Centennial of the Armistice ($1 off admission)
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Virginia War Museum will open a temporary exhibit that has never before been seen by the public! The exhibition, called Flags of War: Virginia’s First World War Regimental Colors,” will open on Veterans Day – Sunday, Nov. 11 – and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18.
It will feature the regimental flags of Virginia units that served overseas in the 42nd, 80th, and 29th Divisions, as well as African-American Engineer Battalions and Coast Artillery units. Re-enactors from the Great War Association will commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, which ended the first global war in history.
It was during World War I that the farmlands of Newport News transformed into training camps, supply depots, and military posts – quickly becoming a port of embarkation for troops, animals, and supplies heading to Europe. It also brought thousands of shipyard workers to Newport News to build new ships.
Veterans Day is the perfect day to learn more about the First World War and honor those who fought in it through hands-on activities, displays, and the opportunity to interact with living historians. As an added treat, visitors to the museum will be given a $1 discount off admission on Nov. 11. Learn more
The Mariners' Museum and Park Honors Armed Service Members
The Mariners’ Museum and Park plans to salute and thank all of our Armed Service members on Friday, Nov. 11, with FREE admission to Active Duty and Retired Military, Veterans, and their families. The special admission price is offered to all military and their immediate family members with valid military ID. Learn more
To all of our veterans in Newport News - thank you for your sacrifice and your service. We honor you on this special day.