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October 25, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Salutes Military Service on Veterans Day Weekend

Colonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. active duty military personnel, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents during Veterans Day weekend from Nov. 11-13.

On Veterans Day a military march honoring America’s veterans will be held at 4:30 p.m., stepping off at the Capitol. All veterans of service in America’s armed forces are invited to participate in a march along Duke of Gloucester Street. Groups begin forming at 4:15 p.m. A ceremony follows at the Courthouse on Market Square. Veterans unable to walk the distance can join the parade near the Magazine.

As part of this tribute, Colonial Williamsburg offers special free admission tickets to active duty military, guard, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13.

The “Honoring Service to America” tickets provide admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites including the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol, historic trade sites such as the Silversmith Shop and the Wigmaker Shop, and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall, as well as admission to special tours and programs such Revolutionary City, the Capitol tour, the Orientation Walk, regular daytime programs, plus viewing of the movie classic: “Williamsburg—The Story of a Patriot.” It also includes free parking at the Visitor Center and complimentary use of Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses.

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 tickets are available only at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and on-site ticket sales locations including the Lumber House Ticket Office in the Historic Area or ticket window in Merchants Square.
For more information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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