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May 3, 2016

Grant from the Home Depot Foundation Funds Free Admission for Military on Memorial Day Weekend

Free Admission extended to Active Duty Military, Veterans, Reservists,
Retirees and their Dependents May 27-30

This Memorial Day weekend Colonial Williamsburg honors service to America with free admission tickets for active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen and their dependents, made possible through a $100,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

The “Honoring Service to America” ticket has all the benefits of a regular admission ticket, including admission to more than 40 historic trades and sites, the military encampment, and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The program has distributed 15,500 tickets since 2014.

The Home Depot Foundation, which awarded the grant in 2015, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

“We’re proud to partner with Colonial Williamsburg again this year to honor the men and women who serve our country,” said John E. Ellington, director of finance and grants administration for the Home Depot Foundation. “This program provides an opportunity for our military families to engage with the history of a nation for which they sacrifice so much.”

“It is an honor for Colonial Williamsburg to host service members, veterans and their families,” said Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, and head of a committee expanding the Foundation’s military outreach. “We are forever indebted to our servicemen and women for their sacrifices, and we are grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for partnering with us to support military families.”

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. Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available onsite at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, Lumber House ticket office and the Merchants Square ticket window.

A Memorial Day commemorative service begins at 10 a.m. on May 30th to honor service members who died serving their country. A procession with the Fife and Drum support will begin at the Governor’s Palace and proceed to Bruton Parish Church, ending at the Capitol. Wreaths will be placed, prayers given, and volleys fired to honor soldiers of the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. This service is free and open to the public.

For more information about “Honoring Service to America” tickets and program, telephone 855-296-6627 or visit

Media Contact:
Joe Straw