May 20, 2013
Colonial Williamsburg Honors Military Service on Memorial Day Weekend
During Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, May 24-27, 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.
A Memorial Day commemorative program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Wreaths will be placed at the Palace, Bruton Parish Church and the French grave site to honor those interred on or near those sites from the American Revolution and the War Between the States. A procession with Fife and Drum support will begin at the Palace and proceed to each site, where prayers will be recited and volleys fired. This Memorial Day service is free and open to the public.