Veterans Day

Veterans Day

November 11, 2019

Do-Now Discussion

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

At the Center

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will recognize 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 include a wreath laying ceremony, patriotic concerts, 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.  

  • Letter Writing Stations
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Grand Hall Lobby
    At Letter Writing Stations, located in the first-floor lobby, visitors to the Center will be invited to take a moment to write messages (or draw pictures) expressing thanks to the women and men who have served in the country’s Armed Forces. The messages will be distributed to veterans in the community through our partners at Thank-A-Vet.
  • Community Partner Tables
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Grand Hall Lobby
    Representatives from various community partner organizations will be joining us at the Center for our Veterans Day observance. These organizations will be at tables located in our first-floor lobby, where they will engage with visitors, discussing their work in the community, the services they offer veterans and military personnel, and military families, and how volunteers can get involved.
  • Arts and Craft Tables
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Grand Hall Lobby
    Our November 12 Veterans Day Festival will also include a variety of family-friendly activities, including make-and-take crafting stations. Among the crafts 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 the First World War, 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 host a moving Wreath Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. on the Grand Hall Overlook, underneath our large American flag, overlooking Independence Mall.  The ceremony will include a moment of silence, and performances of The Star-Spangled Banner, Taps, and a medley of the service songs. As is the Center's tradition, participating in the ceremony will be members of the National Constitution Center staff and museum volunteers who have served in the military.  
  • Veterans Talks
    F.M. Kirby Auditorium
    Visitors will be able to meet the men and women who have served in our nation’s military, as they engage in intimate conversations with members of the Center’s education staff, sharing their stories about their time in the service, and answering audience questions.
  • Flag Folding Challenge
    Front Lawn
    There are a lot of rules surrounding the American flag: It has to be folded properly. It can never touch the ground. At our Flag Folding Challenge, our team of flag enthusiasts will share fun facts about the American flag and its history before guiding visitors through the ins-and-outs of flag etiquette as they work together to fold our giant 20X30 foot American flag — remember, don’t let it touch the ground!
  • Military Muster Activity
    Front Lawn
    At this high-energy, interactive demonstration, young visitors will gather on the Center’s front lawn as they step into the role of a newly recruited soldier in the Continental Army. They will learn the art of marching and musket etiquette from as a Revolutionary-era reenactor puts them through their drills.  Presented in partnership with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
  • A Soldier's Life Demonstrations
    Grand Hall Lobby
    At this hands-on experience, visitors can learn more about a day in the life of a Revolutionary-era soldier as he demonstrates the daily tasks and explores the lifestyle of a typical infantryman in George Washington’s Continental Army. Visitors will even have the opportunity to don replicas of military uniforms and try out equipment. Presented in partnership with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

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