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October 26, 2007

CW salutes military Nov. 9-12

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

On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, a military parade honoring America’s veterans will be held at 1 p.m. and will begin at the Colonial Capitol. The parade along the Duke of Gloucester Street 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 at the Courthouse.

The “Honoring Service to America” pass is offered again this year for Veterans Day weekend dates, Friday-Monday, Nov. 9-12. The 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.

Active-duty, retired and veterans, guard or reserve military personnel and their families who visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area or museums during Veterans Day Weekend this autumn receive complimentary admission passes to the restored colonial capital of Virginia. The service member need not be present, and 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. These tickets are available only at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales windows.

In addition to providing complimentary admission tickets to these honored guests, Colonial
Williamsburg offers special rates to military personnel and their families at any of its five on
site hotels, the closest lodging to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, museums, dining,
shopping, golf, children’s activities and more.

Active-duty, retired and veterans, guard or reserve military personnel and their families have the opportunity to purchase Freedom Passes Friday-Monday, Nov. 9-12 at a 25 percent discount. The Freedom Pass features the same benefits as the “Honoring Service to America” and lasts up to a year.

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 as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 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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Penna Rogers
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