May 14, 2012
Colonial Williamsburg Honors Military Service on Memorial Day Weekend
Colonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. veterans, active duty military personnel, guard and reservists and their dependents during Memorial Day weekend with special programs and free admission.
The Memorial Day Commemorative Program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums lead a procession to three sites – the Governor’s Palace, Bruton Parish Church and Providence Hall – to honor military veterans who were interred in or near those sites from the American Revolution and the Civil War.
The Memorial Day service begins at the Governor’s Palace where graves of Revolutionary War dead are marked 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 move to the French gravesites near Providence Hall to recognize 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 the Military and Their Families
During Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, May 25-28, Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission tickets to active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their families. The “Honoring Service to America” ticket 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 John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The tickets also include 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” tickets will be provided to dependent 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 tickets are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.
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.
For more information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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.
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 www.history.org.