The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1918, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I – the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

This year, the Virginia War Memorial invites you to join our ceremony, hosted on the War Memorial grounds for the first time in 3 years. We will welcome Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Ralph S. Northam, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as we honor this 101st Anniversary of the original Armistice Day in 1918.

The program will also include the winners of the Middle School and High School 2019 Veterans Day Essay Contest reading their winning essays. Join us for the

Veterans Day is the federally recognized holiday that honors, remembers and thanks all who have served and who are currently serving whereas Memorial Day remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the VHDA parking lot next to the War Memorial.