Friday, March 1, 2024

Veterans Day events planned around the Historic Triangle

(file photo)
(file photo)

Throughout the Historic Triangle, services to commemorate veterans will be taking place this weekend.

Here’s a list of some of the programs and services being held to honor those who have served in the military:


The Combined Veterans Organization of Greater Williamsburg and the James City County area will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony Saturday to honor all Veterans, past and present. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at the Veterans Tribute Tower, located along Discovery Park Boulevard in New Town. Capt. Matthew Kosnar, a U.S. Navy commanding officer at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Yorktown, will be the guest speaker.

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will lead a parade down Duke of Gloucester Street Saturday, with groups gathering at 4:00 p.m. All veterans are invited to participate in the march. The march will lead to the Courthouse on Market Square, where there will be a commemoration ceremony.

Colonial Williamsburg is also offering free admission to military members and their families through Monday.

James City County

The Dream Catcher 5K on Veterans Day will be hosted at York River State Park in James City County by the York-James City-Williamsburg branch of the NAACP. The race starts at 8:30 a.m., and more information can be found on the race website.


The York County Historical Committee will hold a memorial service in York Hall’s board room at noon. The ceremony will include tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and taps. The event will fill up fast, so be sure to arrive a little early to get your spot.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is hosting a stand-up comedy night where “veterans take the mic.” The event will run from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $14. Ten comedians from all five branches of the military will have their chance on stage.

The Hill Gallery in Yorktown is sponsoring a veterans art show titled “The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story.” The showing starts on Veterans Day from 6-8 p.m. and ends Nov. 26.

Rain or shine, Grace Episcopal Church will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony Saturday starting at 10 a.m. It will include prayers and the bugle call, taps. Guests will then move through the historic Grace Church Graveyard, dating back to 1697, and replace the flags on the graves of more than 65 veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

College of William and Mary

The Student Veterans of William and Mary will host a memorial bell ringing in the Wren building Saturday. The bell ringing at 11:11 a.m. will be in remembrance of the 1918 armistice that ended the first World War.

The William and Mary ROTC is hosting a Veterans Day Tailgate on the Alumni House lawn, immediately followed by a veterans appreciation Tribe football game. The tailgate is set to start at 10 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. William and Mary ROTC will be grilling food and drinks will be available under one of the tailgate tents on the lawn.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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