Between a concentration of military installations and deep military history, Veterans Day holds a special significance for the Historic Triangle. That significance will be on full display with programming across the area to honor the sacrifices of veterans, from the music of the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg to cemetery ceremonies. All events are free and will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 unless otherwise noted.
•The Combined Veterans Organization Committee of the greater Williamsburg area will honor veterans at the Veterans Tribute Tower in New Town. Harry Walters, U.S. Military Academy at West Point class of 1959, who helped get the Tribute Tower erected, will be the guest speaker. Seating will be available.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Veterans Tribute Tower, Discovery Park Boulevard
• Yorktown will hold its annual ceremony to honor veterans buried at Historic Grace Church. Individuals buried at the site who served in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II and Vietnam among other conflicts will be remembered, followed by "Taps."
When: 10 a.m-11 a.m.
Where: 111 Church St., Yorktown.
• The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter and the Daughters of the American Revolution will pay tribute to all veterans and the "Forgotten Patriots" of the American Revolution. Flags representing the Continental Army (Grand Union), the Massachusetts Militia, the Rhode Island Regiment, the New Hampshire Regiment, Royal Provincial, the 80th Regiment of Foote and the French Regiments will be placed in the fenced cemetery.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Governor's Palace Cemetery, 300 Palace Green St.
• Student Veterans of William and Mary will host a memorial bell ringing in remembrance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the armistice declared an end to WWI.
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: 111 Jamestown Road
• The William and Mary Mason School of Business will serve cake and punch to all staff/students who are active/reserve/guard military. Associate Dean Ken White and Dean Larry Pulley will share remarks.
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: 101 Ukrop Way
• The William and Mary Law School will have a toast to veterans in the Law School lobby. The event will be hosted by Dean Douglas and Senator-elect Monty Mason. There will be refreshments and a toast to veterans; all active/reserve/guard encouraged to attend in uniform.
When: 1 p.m.
Where: 613 S Henry St.
• A Blue Star Memorial marker will be dedicated at Bicentennial Park in Williamsburg. Veterans, local officials and officers of the Williamsburg Area Council of Garden Clubs will gather for the ceremony, which includes patriotic music. The site is funded by the Williamsburg Area Council of Garden Clubs and the city. Two benches and plants will be included at the site.
When: 1:30 p.m.
Where: 320 Court St.
• The Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg will lead a march to honor veterans on Duke of Gloucester Street. Historic Triangle veterans groups and historical interpreters will accompany the band, and all veterans are encouraged to participate. A commemorative service will be held at the Courthouse after the march.
When: 4-4:30 p.m.
Where: Duke of Gloucester Street
• The Armed Services Arts Partnership and Alma Mater Productions will host the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Storytelling. Veterans will tell stories about service and sacrifice. Refreshments will be provided. To read contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; https://www.facebook.com/events/1852123235018830/
When: Nov. 10, 7- 9p.m.
Where: 200 Stadium Drive
• William and Mary will host their Military Appreciation Football Game against the University of Richmond. There will also be a ROTC and Military Appreciation Tailgates at the end of the Sunken Garden; all are welcome.
*The story has been corrected. The game against Richmond will take place on Nov. 19 at Noon.
When: 12 p.m., Nov. 19
Where: Zable Stadium.
Jack Jacobs contributed to this report.
Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.