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May 20, 2011

CW honors military service on Memorial Day

Colonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. veterans, active duty military personnel, guard and reservists and their dependents during Memorial Day weekend with special programs and free admission.

The Memorial Day Commemorative Program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums lead a procession to three sites – the Governor’s Palace, Bruton Parish Church and Providence Hall – to honor military veterans who were interred in or near those sites from the American Revolution and the Civil War.

The one-hour Memorial Day service begins in front of the Governor’s Palace. Here participants recognize the graves of Revolutionary War dead with a memorial wreath. Prayers are offered and the militia fire musket salutes.

The procession then advances to Bruton Parish Church, where a wreath is offered to a church representative who will lead prayers in memory of those veterans interred in the churchyard followed by musket salutes.

Finally, participants march to the French gravesites near Providence Hall to recognize the aid of the French allies in the final victory of the American Revolution. A third wreath is laid, and final cannon salutes are fired by the militia artillery crew. Providence Hall is the only site where cannon volleys will be fired.

The Memorial Day service is free and open to the public.

Free Admission for the Military and Their Families
During Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, May 27-30, Colonial Williamsburg offers complimentary admission tickets to active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their families. The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, including the daily Revolutionary City® program, Capitol and Governor’s Palace and to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Foundation benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The tickets also include an Orientation Walk, a walking tour that provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg and its Restoration, free shuttle bus service to and from the Visitor Center, a viewing of the movie, “Williamsburg, The Story of a Patriot,” and free parking at the Visitor Center.

The service member need not be present, and free “Honoring Service to America” tickets will be provided to immediate family members of currently deployed troops, with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.

In addition to providing complimentary admission tickets to these honored guests, Colonial Williamsburg offers special rates to military personnel and their families at any of its five onsite hotels, the closest lodging to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, museums, dining, shopping, golf, children’s activities and more.

For more information, visit

Special Offer at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre
Members of the military and their families can enjoy the movies, “Cedar Rapids” and “Buitiful.” A discounted $5 ticket and a free bag of popcorn per person are provided with the presentation of a military ID.

“Cedar Rapids” can be seen at 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 27-29 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in the screening room. This film tells the story of insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) as he travels to the annual insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention will be anything but conventional. This movie is rated R.

“Buitiful” will be held at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m. on May 29 in the auditorium and on May 30 in the screening room. This film is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal (Javier Bardem), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. “Buitiful” is rated R and features Spanish subtitles.

On Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m., military families also may enjoy the Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative’s concert, “Stories That Make A Difference: A Soldier’s Sacrifice.” This presentation benefits the 1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver Memorial Award at the College of William and Mary. Hear the stories that honor those who made significant sacrifice in fighting for the freedom and liberty that we enjoy today. Underwritten by American Pride Automotive, it is the privilege of the Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative to present this special concert in their 2011 Benefit Concert Series. For more information about 1st Lt. Todd Weaver and the memorial award, visit Tickets are required but free of charge. Donations will be taken at the concert. Door prizes will be available for members of the military and their immediate families only.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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