Veterans Day 2019

Monday, November 11, regular museum hours

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will recognize the dedication and sacrifices of the brave people who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.” Special events include a wreath laying ceremony, patriotic concerts, visitor “chats” with veterans, and engaging civic education programs. At activity stations, guests can write thank you letters to veterans and make patriotic crafts, including star wreaths and poppy pins.  

Flag Raising Ceremony
9:15 a.m., Front Lawn
The day begins with a flag raising ceremony overlooking Independence Mall.

Letter Writing Stations
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
At letter writing stations, visitors will be invited to take a moment to write messages (or draw pictures) expressing thanks to the people who have served in the country’s armed forces. The messages will be distributed to veterans in the community through Thank-A-Vet. Postcards can also be accessed online and downloaded by virtual visitors.

Community Partner Tables
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
Representatives from various community partner organizations will join the National Constitution Center for its Veterans Day observance. These organizations will discuss their work in the community; the services they offer veterans, military personnel, and military families; and how volunteers can get involved.

Arts and Crafts Tables
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
Activity tables will include a variety of family-friendly make-and-take crafting stations. Among the craft projects offered will be Make Your Own Poppy Pins—inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field,” poppies have been used to honor fallen service members since World War I, and poppy pins are often worn in November both in the U.S. and abroad. Families will also have the option to create wreaths from red, white, and blue paper stars, and crepe paper American flags. 

Wreath Laying Ceremony
11 a.m., Grand Hall Overlook
The Center will hold a moment of silence and a wreath laying ceremony on the Grand Hall Overlook. Participants will include veterans on staff at the National Constitution Center.

Veterans Talks
11:30 a.m., The Story of We the People exhibit
12:30 p.m., Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit
3:00 p.m., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Visitors can meet the veterans who have served in our nation’s military. Guest speakers will share stories and answer audience questions about their time in the service.

A Soldier’s Life: Civil War Edition Demonstrations
1 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
At this activity, visitors can learn about a day in the life of a Civil War era soldier as he showcases the daily tasks and lifestyle of a typical infantryman in the Union Army. Visitors will have the opportunity to try on replicas of military uniforms and equipment. Presented in partnership with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Flag Folding Challenge
2 p.m., Front Lawn
Visitors can help members of the museum staff fold a giant 20-by-30-foot American flag.

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