The goal of the Virginia War Memorial Education Department is to bring history to life for students and teachers across the Commonwealth. Our programs emphasize learning about the events and conflicts that Virginians have experienced and even having the opportunity to meet some of their participants. Our student seminars and teacher institutes feature veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the Global War on Terror, as well as a wide variety of speakers and scholars. We have student seminars for selected high school and middle school students throughout the year, but we also offer special programming upon request. As we expand our programs and staff, we are happy to cooperate with teachers to develop tailored programming to be presented upon availability either at the Virginia War Memorial or via outreach directly to classrooms.

Veterans Day Essay Contest
Sponsored by Haley Buick GMC Midlothian

This contest is open to all Virginia Middle and High School public, priivate or homeschooled students.  A winning entry will be chose from each age group.  Click HERE for contest rules.

JRTOC Recognition Day

Our 2017 JROTC Appreciation Days have been completed.  Please check back for information and schedules for our 2018 JROTC Appreciation Days to be held in the Fall of 2018. 

Student Seminars

These Seminars combine event historians and veterans who participated in those events with students and teachers from across Virginia. They allow students to participate in small-group conversations that help to further explore what they are learning in the classroom. Seminars are free and offered to public and private schools in the spring and fall. Schools can receive grant money to help cover the cost of sending attendees to the Memorial. For more information please contact Morgan Guyer at

More of our student seminars of the 2017-18 school year:

 “Vietnam: 50 Years Since Tet” - Tuesday, February 27 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Virginia War Memorial

 “Korea: 65 Years of Tension” - Wednesday, March 14 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Virginia War Memorial

Space is extremely limited due to construction at the Virginia War Memorial, so please register as soon as possible.  There is a limit of 10 students per school. The seminars will feature activities on the respective war and presented by our education staff as well as a panel of veterans (the highlight of our seminars!).

Middle School, High School, and College Field Trips

Field trips to the Memorial are free and can be booked year-round. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and, when possible, can be expanded and tailored to meet your needs.  To register your group please complete our registration page.  Special grant funding of up to $250 is available to assist with the costs associated with field trips. Additional information can be found here, or contact Kyndall Drumheller at or 804.786.2091.

Other Educational Programs/Outreach

Throughout the year, a variety of additional SOL-aligned programs for middle and high school students are held at the Memorial and off-site at schools around the Commonwealth. Topics vary and programs can be tailored to the needs of each school’s time frame and area of study. Programs are also designed for teachers as professional development opportunities. There is no cost for these programs. For more information about our on-site and traveling programs, please contact Jim Triesler at or 804.786.2062.

Summer Teacher Institutes

The 2017 Virginia War Memorial Teacher Institutes were a huge success and we thank everyone that participated.  

We are hard at work planning another stellar Summer Teacher Institutes for 2018 and will be annoucing our 2018 Summer Teacher Institutes in the Spring of 2018! 

REMINDER:  ALL seminars are FREE to Virginia educators, and include a complimentary lunch as well as 5 recertification hours. Space is always limited, so register early to save your spot! soon as possible or contact Morgan Guyer at with any questions. 

Scouting Events

Girl Scout Patch Program – March 31, 2018: A program with discovery, connection, and actions to earn the VWM “See Freedom Speak” patch. Online registration through the Girl Scouts is required. For additional information, please contact Kyndall Drumheller at or 804.786.2091

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day – TBD: A program designed to provide instruction and activities for Scouts to earn Merit Badges in Citizenship and American Heritage. Online Registration through the Council is required.