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May 3, 2010

CW's Memorial Day ceremony remembers America's fallen

Colonial Williamsburg remembers those who died while serving their country during the Memorial Day Commemorative Program beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums leads a procession to three sites – the Governor’s Palace, Bruton Parish Church and Providence Hall.

The 45-minute Memorial Day service begins in front of the Governor’s Palace. Here participants recognize the graves of Revolutionary War dead with a memorial wreath. Prayers are offered and the militia fire musket salutes.

The procession then advances to Bruton Parish Church, where a wreath is offered to a church representative who will lead prayers in memory of those veterans interred in the churchyard followed by musket salutes.

Finally, participants march to the French gravesites near Providence Hall to recognize the aid of the French allies in the final victory of the American Revolution. A third wreath is laid, and final cannon salutes are fired by the militia artillery crew. Providence Hall is the only site where cannon volleys will be fired.

The Memorial Day service is free and open to the public.

Free Admission for Military and Their Families

During Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, May 28-31, Colonial Williamsburg offers complimentary admission passes to active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their families. The “Honoring Service to America” pass provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, including the daily Revolutionary City® program, Capitol and Governor’s Palace and to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Foundation benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The pass also includes an Orientation Walk, a walking tour that provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg and its Restoration, free shuttle bus service to and from the Visitor Center, a viewing of the movie, “Williamsburg, The Story of a Patriot,” and free parking at the Visitor Center.

The service member need not be present, and free “Honoring Service to America” passes will be provided to immediate family members of currently deployed troops, with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission passes are available only at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales windows.

In addition to providing complimentary admission tickets to these honored guests, Colonial Williamsburg offers special rates to military personnel and their families at any of its five onsite hotels, the closest lodging to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, museums, dining, shopping, golf, children’s activities and more.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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