October 14, 2005
CW salutes U.S. military veterans, U.S. military and their families during Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 11-13
Colonial Williamsburg will honor the sacrifices
and dedication of United States veterans, military personnel and their families during special Veterans Day weekend programs Nov. 11-13. The celebration includes complimentary admission to the Historic Area for three consecutive days and an opportunity to upgrade their ticket to the annual Freedom Pass at a 25 percent discount.
Veterans Day weekend will feature special Colonial Williamsburg programs, presentations and processions Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13. A series of small military encampments will be located throughout the
Historic Area, including a French and Indian War camp, a Continental Army camp, a Dragoon (Cavalry) Unit and a camp featuring the Rhode Island Regiment—an African-American unit of the Continental Army.
Saturday’s highlight will be the procession that steps off from the Capitol at 4 p.m. showcasing the Colonial Williamsburg military programs staff, the Rhode Island Regiment, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and color and honor guards. Active military personnel and veterans are encouraged to participate. As the procession approaches the Powder Magazine it will be joined by representatives from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart and proceed to the public green north of the Courthouse for a brief program.
Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. procession will feature early American re-enactors.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves, restores and operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., near Interstate 64. For more information, reservations or ticket prices, call toll-free 800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.
Lorraine C. Brooks