The service begins in the Colonial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. and culminates at the National Veterans Shrine shortly after noon. There will be a moment of silence at 11:11 (the eleventh minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month), prayers, responsive readings, and hymns. An honor guard of retired military will escort hallowed ground from three overseas battlefields to be enshrined beneath the statue on the plaza in front of the Veterans Shrine. These join more than 30 other soils so enshrined. Members of the public attending the service will have the opportunity to place a poppy and toll a bell in honor of veterans in their family. The American Village will lay a poppy wreath at the National Veterans Shrine in honor of all veterans.
Teachers, we invite you and your students to help honor those in every generation who served and sacrificed for the cause of liberty. We have prepared a classroom kit to help your students gather information about their family members in order to add their names, histories and stories to the Register of Honor. This is a downloadable PDF, and includes lesson plans, tips on how to interview a veteran, and classroom activities. Click here to download.
We have created a new, shorter submission form for the Veterans Register of Honor. For those who may not know many details about their veteran honoree, but still wish to include them in the Register of Honor, this downloadable form may be completed and returned to us by mail for entry. Please download and share this new form (how to register a veteran_shortform.pdf ) with those you know who may not have Internet access, or may be unsure about online submission. Our staff and volunteers will enter the information you provide, and your veteran will be submitted to the Register of Honor.