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September 27, 2006

“Honoring Service to America” Pass Provides Free Length-of-Celebration Admission

Colonial Williamsburg will honor the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. veterans, military personnel and their families with complimentary admission to its renowned Historic Area sites during the 225th Anniversary of the Victory at Yorktown, October 19-22, and Veterans Day, November 10-12. The “Honoring Service to America” free admission pass will be available to active duty, retired, guard or reserve military personnel and their families who visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area during these two commemorative weekends.

The 225th Anniversary of the Victory at Yorktown is a four-day celebration, featuring re-enactments, parades, patriotic ceremonies, hands-on activities, live performances, tall ship displays and fireworks at the Yorktown National Battlefield, Riverwalk Landing and the Yorktown Victory Center. The event remembers the turning point in the American Revolution and is part of America’s 400th Anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Veteran’s Day

Colonial Williamsburg’s Veterans Day weekend will feature “Brothers-In-Arms: Slavery, Freedom and the American Revolution,” November 11 and 12. This program recognizes the challenges, triumphs and contributions of free and enslaved African Americans during the American Revolution. This program brings to life the contradiction of slavery and freedom through the extraordinary stories of enslaved people who became soldiers and camp followers fighting for their own freedom.

Veterans Day weekend also will feature special programs on 18th-century military life. The highlight will be a parade from the Capitol to Market Square at 1 p.m. November 11. Representatives from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart will proceed to Market Square for a brief program. Active military personnel and veterans are encouraged to participate.

The Revolutionary City, a two-hour interactive program, focused on select events that portray Colonial Americans’ crucial transition from subjects to citizens, will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. throughout the weekend.

The “Honoring Service to America” pass includes free length-of-celebration admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums, including the Capitol, Governor’s Palace, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum masterworks gallery and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Foundation benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The ticket 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 passes will be provided to immediate family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. These passes are available at onsite Colonial Williamsburg ticket sales windows.

Special Rates

In addition to providing complimentary admission tickets to these honored guests, Colonial Williamsburg is offering 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 much more.

Throughout the year, Colonial Williamsburg offers a 10 percent discount on admission tickets to active military and immediate family at its onsite ticket sales offices, specially priced Military Key-to-the City two-day pass also is offered through advance purchase at area military installations at the Welfare and Recreation/Information, Tickets and Tours (MWR/ITT) Recreation Offices.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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