In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will honor the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”
Special events begin with a flag-raising ceremony on the museum’s front lawn, followed by a moment of silence and wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. The day will also include a performance by a military band, talks with veterans, and special civic education programs. At activity stations, guests can write letters to soldiers and make patriotic crafts, including American flags and star wreaths.
9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The American flag will be raised and lowered on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in this this poignant ceremony.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Explore the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and learn about the ways to handle the flag with reverence and respect.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors can create patriotic crafts including poppy pins, star wreaths, and crepe paper American flags.
Thank-A-Vet Letter-Writing Station
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Through a special partnership with the Thank-A-Vet organization, visitors can send a message of gratitude to veterans for their service.
Grand Hall Overlook
Join in a moment of silence and a wreath-laying ceremony featuring the veterans on staff at the National Constitution Center and a moving rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Taps.”
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Feature Exhibition Gallery and Main Exhibition
At 11:30 a.m., Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and Pottstown, PA native Thomas J. Kelly will give a gallery talk inside the museum’s current feature exhibition, Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. Kelly has spent the past several years taking photographs for A Hero’s Welcome, a program that organizes welcome home celebrations for local veterans as they return from deployment in combat zones. At 12:30 p.m., Vietnam veteran and Glassboro, NJ native John Campbell will speak inside the museum’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People. Campbell is the author of They Were Ours: Gloucester County's Loss in Vietnam, a book that uses wartime letters to tell the story of soldiers from New Jersey.
Giant Flag-Folding Activity
After learning the ins and outs of flag etiquette, visitors can put their new knowledge to the test as they help fold the National Constitution Center’s giant American flag on the front lawn.
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106