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Wednesday is Veterans Day, and numerous local organizations are hosting events to observe the holiday.
Whether you are interested in hearing a firsthand account of the experiences of an actual veteran or spending the holiday in quiet contemplation in nature, there is no shortage of ways to observe this day of reflection and gratitude.
The Mariners’ Museum will be offering a military discount Wednesday for all military personnel including active military, retirees and veterans. Admission will be $5 for this select group, so celebrate the holiday by taking advantage of this opportunity to learn something new about a unique aspect of our nation’s history.
Colonial National Historical Park will join all other National Park Service sites in offering free admission to all visitors for Veterans Day. Both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield will be open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of both veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
York River State Park is hosting a Veterans Day hike on the Taskinas Creek Trail. The trail includes beautiful vistas of wilderness, marshes and natural ravines. The hike will begin at the park’s Visitor’s Center at 10 a.m. and wildlife lovers of all ages are encouraged to come out and celebrate Veterans Day in nature.
The Combined Veterans Organization of Greater Williamsburg is sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Tribute Tower in New Town. Veterans of all wars and civilians wishing to honor them are invited to attend. Maj. James Icenhour will be the keynote speaker, and the event will begin at 10 a.m. rain or shine.
Providence Classical School is hosting a “Salute to our Veterans” program at 9 a.m. Wednesday that will feature keynote speaker Raul Reyes, a retired member of the U.S. Navy. The event, which typically draws more than 50 guests, will include students singing, reciting poems and sharing stories in honor of veterans. The school will also be streaming the program live to Djibouti, where a parent of one of the school’s students is stationed and will be tuning in.
The York County Historical Committee will be hosting a commemoration in the Board Room of York Hall in Yorktown. The ceremony will include the tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and playing of taps. Keynote speaker Capt. Kirby Taylor Smith III of the U.S. Army Reserve, a graduate of York High School, will speak on this year’s event theme “Letters from War.” Representatives from the York High School NJROTC, the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Chapter 13 of the Disabled American Veterans will also participate in the ceremony, which begins at noon.