Honor Veterans Virtually Via Fredericksburg Veterans Day Program

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November 11, 2020, is Veterans Day, a time to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with foreign holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. The date is significant as major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

For the tumultuous year of 2020, a virtual Veterans Day Program will be hosted by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War. The program will debut on the Museum’s YouTube channel at 11 a.m., then will be available for viewing any time afterward. Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), Admiral Nimitz Foundation President and CEO, will begin the program by highlighting what Veterans Day means to him, as well as fellow veterans who served alongside him. Next, a keynote speech will be delivered by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Finally, a photo montage of veterans, set to a medley of military anthems honoring the different branches of the military, will conclude the online event.

Honor Veterans Virtually Via Fredericksburg Veterans Day Program

Photo: @vesnoi_ via Twenty20

Additionally, on November 11th, the National Museum of the Pacific War will offer free admission to all veterans, as well as all those who are currently serving in the United States military. Operating hours for the museum are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Reservations and tickets can be found online. Fredericksburg has canceled the following regular events due to the pandemic: The annual USMC Birthday celebration, Veterans Day Barbecue at Pontotoc Vineyard, Fredericksburg Middle School ceremony, and the Thank You Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Rep. Kyle Biedermann.

It’s important to honor the men and women who have served to preserve our freedoms. The United States celebrates all military branches on Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a separate holiday that honors those who had died while in military service. Armed Forces Day, in May, honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.