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Seasonal Fun and Activities

All events are on Friday, Nov. 11, unless otherwise stated.

Air Force Memorial. 11am. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington.


Grace for Vets FREE Car Wash and Lunch. 9am – 6pm. At Rob’s Car Wash & Detailing Team, veterans may visit either of Rob’s two facilities in Fredericksburg or Spotsylvania from to receive a complimentary wash. Rob’s believes that it is important to remember those who have served our country and has designed a program to emphasize the importance of support for veterans by the general public. Veterans will only need to inform Rob’s Team verbally that they are veterans in order to receive their free car wash. Grace for Vets happens each year at Rob’s Car Wash on Veteran’s day. In addition Noodles & Co. will be giving out lunch for an hour at our Central Park location and Virginia BBQ will be giving out lunch for an hour at our Harrison Crossing location.


Military Card Collection, with 93.3 WFLS. Want to offer some cheer to a service member while setting a new world record? Help us build our Military Card Collection. A military vehicle will be parked in the Food Court of the Spotsylvania Town Centre beginning on Veteran’s Day thru December 10. The goal is to fill it with holiday greeting cards to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. A representative from the Guiness World Records organization will be on hand to certify it as the “World’s Largest Collection of Military Cards.”


National Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 11am. The ceremony begins with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.


Navy Memorial. 1pm. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath, at the Lone Sailor Statue in commemoration of Veterans Day. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC


“Oh My Stars” Quilt Show. 1pm – 5pm. This is the bi-annual quilt show of the Virginia Star Quilters! Over 100 quilts will be on display, including a special display of Patriotic quilts to help celebrate Veteran's Day weekend! This will also be the last chance to purchase tickets for our raffle quilt. The winner will be chosen Sunday afternoon! The show runs Friday thru Sunday (9am – 5pm on Sat/Sun). All of this is happening at the Salem Church Library! Free! 2607 Salem Church Rd., Spotsylvania. 540-891-2601.


Veteran’s Day at Montpelier. Montpelier salutes all veterans with free admission for those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. James Madison's Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy Montpelier Station, VA 22957.


Veteran’s Day at Mt. Vernon. Nov. 11. 9am – 4pm. In honor of our nation's veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. Honored guests are also invited to place a flower at Washington's Tomb where the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution present a wreath laying ceremony in honor of our nation's veterans.
Special activities include a free patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers in the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans is included in regular Estate admission: adults,$15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free. The wreath laying is included in Estate admission. All active duty, retired, and former military personnel receive Estate admission free-of-charge. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt. Vernon.


Veteran's Salute Celebration at Old Mill Park. 12pm. There will be a parade through downtown Fredericksburg and a celebration at Old Mill Park complete with family friendly activities. Free resources handed out to veterans and their families, appreciation event/fair for public to participate in. FREE to the public. Please attend and support those who fought for our country. 2410 Caroline St.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony @ Quantico National Cemetery. 11am. 18424 Joplin Road Rte 619, Triangle. (703) 221-2183.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony @ Culpeper National Cemetery. 11am. 305 U.S. Avenue, Culpeper. (540) 825-0027.


Veteran's Day Memorial Service at The Cannon. 11am – 12pm. At The Cannon War Memorial on the corner of Irving and Boundary in Colonial Beach.


Veteran's Day Exhibit at Headquarters Library. 9am – 5:30pm. "America as an Emerging Super Power: America Prepares for World War" The Museum of Valor shares choice items of their 15,000 piece collection in an exhibit to honor all veterans and current military personnel. This year the focus will cover the official role of women in the service. Come be a part of 11/11/11 in the HQ Library Theater! 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 1pm. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War America's other conflicts. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.


Vietnam Women's Memorial. 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations around the world. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC.


Village Military Communication Post. For those serving in our nation’s armed forces overseas, the holiday season can be a little lonely. That’s why Spotsylvania Towne Centre is thanking our military friends and neighbors in a couple different ways. Beginning on Veteran’s Day, November 11, military families will have the opportunity to reconnect via live video link at the Village Military Communication Post. This “virtual visiting station” will be open in The Village at Towne Centre, next to Fink’s Jewelers, through December 24. FREE!


World War II Memorial. 9 a.m. Wreath laying ceremony. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC.

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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.