Veterans Day events to be held across D.C. region

Organizations across the Washington area are hosting events to honor Veterans Day on Friday.

Arlington bell ringing, celebrate Veterans Day with a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-525-3786.

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“African American Veterans Remembered, Honored,” pre-ceremony music by the U.S. Army Band; keynote address by Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton Jr., wreath-laying and taps. 9 a.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-0404.

Storytelling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Vietnam Women's Memorial, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW. Free. 202-619-7222.

Veterans Day wreath-laying, 9 a.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-0404.

Veterans Day observance,speakers, live music, mansion tours and displays of military and World War II-era vehicles. 10:15 a.m., Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1880.

The Alexandria Black History Museum’s annual Veterans Day program’s “Code of Conduct: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” is intended to highlight the experience of minorities serving in uniform. A panel of high-ranking current and retired military officials will explore this theme. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Osie V. Combs Jr., executive vice president for defense operations for V-TECH Solutions, and Navy Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, who serves in the chief of naval operations staff as director of the Navy Irregular Warfare Office, will be among those taking part. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. Reservations are requested but not required. 703-746-4356.

Veterans Day at Mount Vernon, a patriotic concert by the Harmony Heritage Singers, 11 a.m., and wreath-laying at the tomb of George Washington, 2 p.m., Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria area. $15; ages 6-11, $7; 5 and younger, and active duty, retired and former military personnel, free. 703-780-2000 or mountvernon.org.

Veterans Day remembrance service, lunch available afterward. 11 a.m., American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. 703-938-9535.

Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony,retired Marine Corps Col. Mike Riley gives a talk, co-sponsored by the Stonewall Jackson High School Junior Air Force ROTC. 11 a.m., War Memorial, South Main Street, near Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free. 703-
508-0399.

University of Maryland veterans commemoration,a celebration of the school’s veterans community: faculty, staff and students. 12:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel, Regents and Chapel drives, College Park. Free. 301-405-4076 or dottalin@umd.edu.

Silver Spring Veterans Day ceremony, commemorating the service of Montgomery County veterans. Participants include County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Valerie Ervin, World War II veteran Jack Hewitt, and Bill Gray, chairman of the County Commission on Veterans Affairs. 11 a.m.-noon, Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza. Free. 240-
777-1246 or www.montgomerycounty
md.gov/veterans
.

Gaithersburg Veterans Day observance, a wreath-laying ceremony and a presentation by retired Army Gen. Henry J. Hatch. 11 a.m., Gaithersburg City Hall, Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave. Free. 301-258-6350.

Veterans Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial,a wreath-laying at the Lone Sailor Statue. 1 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300.

Tribute to America’s Veterans concert, a 6 p.m. reception with light refreshments followed by a 7 p.m. benefit performance of Piedmont blues by Warner Williams. Also, music by the Greater U Street Jazz Collective. Proceeds will go to organizations providing services to veterans in Montgomery County. Silver Spring Civic Building Great Hall, Veterans Plaza. $20. 240-389-0499 or www.silverspringtowncenter.com.

D.C. World War Memorial talk,led by a National Park Service ranger. 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Sunday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call Don Stanko, 240-375-4857.

“The Air War Over Europe,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the missions that helped to bring the war to a close and the men who flew them. 6-7 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call John McCaskill, 202-271-7859.

Music of the World War II era,by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble for “Jazz 4 Justice” concert series, proceeds to benefit the charitable work of the Fairfax Law Foundation. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr. $20; seniors and students, $15. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888 or cfa.gmu.edu.

 
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