Honor the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. military with special programs and events at the National Constitution Center on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.
Admission to the museum on Veterans Day is FREE for all veterans and active military personnel. Veterans Day is also a Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center, featuring $5 museum admission courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.
The daylong commemoration will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony on the museum’s front lawn.
At 11 a.m., visitors can participate in moving wreath-laying ceremony on the Grand Hall Overlook underneath the museum’s iconic American flag. The ceremony will feature performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps”.
Throughout the day, local veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces will share first hand accounts of their service with visitors.
Guests can write letters of support and encouragement to active soldiers through a special partnership with Thank-A-Vet. Several veterans’ service organizations will be at the museum, sharing information about their efforts helping veterans and military families in the community. Participating organizations include Thank-A-Vet, the USO, and the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House.
Museum guests can participate in a variety of interactive workshops and activities, including a Flag Etiquette Workshop, which explores the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and details the ways to handle the flag with reverence and respect. Additionally, children and their families can make patriotic crafts, including crepe paper American flags and star wreaths.
The day will conclude with a flag lowering ceremony on the museum’s front lawn at 4:45 p.m.
Write a letter to a veteran you know (a family member, friend, or neighbor) thanking them for their service.