District Observes Veterans Day with Series of Events

WI Web Staff Report | 11/10/2011, 11:59 a.m.
The District of Columbia will observe Veterans Day 2011 with events on Thursday, Nov. 10...

The District of Columbia will observe Veterans Day 2011 with events on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Fri., Nov. 11, according to the D.C. Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA).

"Veterans Day is a time when we honor all those who have served the United States in our armed forces - including thousands of District residents over the years who have fought for freedom and democracy around the world despite not being able to enjoy it fully at home," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

OVA Director Matt Cary said both District and federal officials are participating in multiple events over two days to mark the holiday, which officially takes place Nov. 11. A listing of several of those events is below:

Thursday, Nov. 10

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Veterans Day Concert featuring the Chi-Lites and Kool & the Gang - Hosted by OVA, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mayor Gray and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, this concert will take place in front of the U.S. Veterans Administration Building, 810 Vermont Avenue NW. It is open to all D.C. residents.

Friday, Nov. 11

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Honoring African-American World War II Veterans, National World War II Memorial - OVA will honor D.C. World War II veterans.

11 am. - 12 noon: Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Memorial Service - This event includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the cemetery's amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Veterans Day Rock Rally honoring D.C. women veterans, THEARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Pacifica Radio Veterans Day program with Acie Byrd - OVA Director Cary and representatives from the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will reflect on what Veterans Day means to America and discuss issues veterans face as they come home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony - this will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall and will pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and America's other conflicts.