In honor of Veterans’ Day and all those who have served or are currently serving in our military, here are 5 travel destinations you can visit to show your appreciation. In the words of the famous Toby Keith song, “freedom don’t come free.”
Thank you to all those who give their lives every day in order to protect our country. Let this Veterans’ Day be a reminder to us all that we should always express the utmost gratitude towards every branch of the U.S. military.
1. Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, Virginia
Every Veterans Day at 11 a.m., the National Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at the Arlington National Cemetery to honor those who have died fighting for this country. This year, President Obama led the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. In addition, the President and those in attendance honored the oldest-known World War II veteran, 107-year-old Richard Overton. Click here to read the full story.
2. National World War II Memorial – Washington, D.C.
I visited this memorial in 2008, 4 years since its initial opening, and I can say for a fact that it is well worth the visit. It is even more beautiful to see the memorial in person and to honor those who fought almost 70 years ago. Click here for a link to World War II Memorial website for more information.
3. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawaii
This cemetery is home to over 47,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the Pacific during World War II. It is situated in a volcanic crater close to the USS Arizona Memorial that honors those who died in the Pearl Harbor attacks. The cemetery is open daily to the public.
4. General Grant National Memorial – New York, New York
This memorial serves as the final resting place of General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. During the Civil War, Grant served as a prominent figure of the Union Army, and scenes of various events during his time period are depicted within the memorial. It is located in Riverside Park in Manhattan and admission is free to the public.
5. National Veterans Day Parade – Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama is home to the first ever Veterans Day and has hosted the annual parade since 1947. Over 3,000 individuals participate in the parade, and this year’s Grand Marshal is Lt. Col. Tonya Rogers of the National Guard. It was held at 1:30 pm today, and participants included the Alabama National Guard, Air National Guard, and Coast Guard.
- Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WWII veteran (sfgate.com)
- This Veterans Day! (oneworld01.com)
- Veteran’s Day Weekend at Arlington National Cemetery (polispandit.com)
- Veterans Day 2013 (radio.foxnews.com)
- Veterans Day events to honor military for service (nbc15.com)