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November 3, 2006

CW salutes the role of the military during Veterans Weekend November 11-12

Colonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of United States veterans, active military personnel and their families during special Veterans Day weekend programs November 11-12. As part of the tribute, Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to active-duty, guard, reserve, retired, or veteran military personnel and their families during this weekend.

On Veterans Day, November 11, a military parade honoring America’s veterans will be held at 1 p.m. and will begin at the Capitol. The parade features Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, military programs staff and the Rhode Island Regiment. All veterans of service in America’s armed forces are invited to participate in the parade. A ceremony will follow the parade at the Courthouse. Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell will introduce Congresswoman Jo Ann S. Davis (R-Va.), who will make remarks.

During Veterans Day weekend, Colonial Williamsburg’s 10th annual Brothers-In-Arms Weekend program recognizes the challenges, triumphs and contributions of free and enslaved African Americans as loyalists and patriots of the American Revolution. Programs will highlight the contributions, sacrifices and decisions of 18th-century African Americans in securing their freedom, either with the British or American cause. On Saturday, the programs begin with “Gone to the Enemy” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peyton Randolph House. In 1781, several of Randolph’s slaves ran to the British Army. Find out who ran and why they would risk their lives to join the British.

During “Preparing for Yorktown” on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., guests have the opportunity to speak with officers of the Rhode Island Regiment as they prepare for battle. The program, “Come All You Brave Soldiers,” allows guests to join the Rhode Island Regiment and learn the military march and drill at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. “Determined to Persevere” examines the role of women in supporting the Continental Army. Discover daily camp life for soldiers, women and their families on the move at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday. These Brothers-in-Arms programs will be held at the Magazine.

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 and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Foundation benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

The pass 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. Free passes will be provided to immediate 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. Honoring Service to America complimentary passes are available only at on-site ticket sales windows.

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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