Veterans Day

Veterans Day

November 11, 2016

Do-Now Discussion

Write a letter to a veteran you know (a family member, friend, or neighbor) thanking them for their service.

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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 live interviews with veterans and interactive civic education programs.  At activity stations, guests can write thank-you letters to veterans and make patriotic crafts, including American flags, star wreaths, and poppy pins.  

Veterans Day is the first event in a series of Macy’s Family Days at the National Constitution Center.  Admission to the museum is FREE for veterans and active military personal and is only $5 for the general public, courtesy of Macy’s Inc.

Veterans Day Programs

Flag Raising Ceremony
9:15 a.m.
Front Lawn
The day begins with a special Flag Raising Ceremony overlooking Independence Mall, led by the Sons of the American Revolution.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
11 a.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
In homage to our nation’s servicemen and women, the Center will hold a moment of silence and a wreath laying ceremony on the Grand Hall Overlook, featuring the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard. Participants will include veterans on staff at the National Constitution Center.  

Veterans Chats
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Veteran Chats will be happening throughout the day featuring veterans from multiple conflicts throughout our nation’s recent history. Veterans will share stories with the visitors and answer questions about their service.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
You might know that the flag should never touch the ground, but did you realize that there are many more rules about the care of our national symbol?  Learn everything you need to know at this interactive workshop.

Thank-a-Vet Postcards
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the women and men who have served in the country’s Armed Forces. Postcards can also be accessed online and downloaded by virtual visitors.

Community Partner Tables
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors will have the opportunity to visit information tables from veteran’s service organizations including the Veterans Multi Service and Education Center and Thank-A-Vet.

Arts and Craft Tables
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Families can make patriotic crafts, including American flags, star wreaths, and poppy pins.


Lesson Plans


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