Saturday, February 24, 2024

Want to honor veterans this weekend? Here are some places to do it

(Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

With Veteran’s Day on Sunday, the Historic Triangle is coming out with various events throughout the weekend to celebrate our nation’s protectors.


  • 9 a.m.- Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg invites guests to help members of the Disabled American Veterans, Patrick Henry Chapter place flags on the graves of veterans. Participants should wear shoes appropriate for wet grass and meet at the cemetery’s flagpole.


  • 9:30 a.m.- 5k run hosted by the Five Forks Ruritan Club beginning at Veterans Park in Williamsburg. Length is determined on participants preference. Participants will write the name of a veteran they would like to honor and names will be attached to a set of honor board posters. Parking will be at St. Bede’s Catholic Church. No registration required.
  • 11 a.m.- Billsburg Brewery and Marmon Muscle Crossfit will host a marathon row event. Teams of four can register for $100 per team. All proceeds will go to benefit Child Development Resources.


  • 10 a.m.- Veterans Day Ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church in York County to place flags on the graves of veterans.
  • 10 a.m.- Military proclamation at the Liberty Lounge on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg.
  • 11 a.m.-Bells of Peace Program, bells at York Hall will ring 21 times to remember the armistices between allied forces and Germany in 1918.
  • 11:15 a.m.-The World War I exhibit at the York County Historical Museum will be open to guests until 1 p.m.
  • 1 p.m.- Local historian Tim L. Smith will speak about local veterans and residents during World War I in the board meeting room of York Hall.
  • 2 p.m.-Gathering at the Capitol building in Colonial Williamsburg for the Veterans Day parade. Active-duty military, veterans and their families are encouraged to participate.
  • 2:20 p.m.-Veterans Day parade down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg led by Colonial Williamsburg Nation Builders George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. The parade will conclude with a salute to the citizen soldier.
  • 3:30 p.m.- Service in honor of fallen military members at the Governor’s Palace Revolutionary War cemetery in Colonial Williamsburg hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • 5 p.m.- Music on the roof deck of the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg from a lone bagpiper.


  • 9 a.m.- Lt. Col. Tom Rains, retired Army, will speak at Providence Classical School in Veritas Hall.
  • Noon- Annual Letters and Stories from War ceremony in Historic Yorktown. This commemoration includes the reading of excerpts from letters written by local soldiers, sailors, and airmen to their family members back home while on wartime deployment.

In addition, Colonial Williamsburg will be offering free admission from Friday through Sunday to all active-duty military, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, retirees and their dependents.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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