Commemorate Veterans Day at Seven Exciting Historic Sites and Tourist Destinations

The American Battlefield Trust recommends these family-friendly events and activities at some of the nation’s most storied battlefields and historic sites on Veterans Day and throughout November.

November 11: Veterans Day Commemoration with “TOPGUN” Co-FounderSimi Valley, Ca.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its annual Veterans Day event on Monday, November 11. Activities include a Civil War encampment, live musical entertainment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of America’s military. Keynote speaker Dan Pedersen was the senior officer in the group of nine men who formed the Navy’s legendary “TOPGUN” graduate program at Naval Air Station Miramar in March 1969. Learn more.

November 11–16: Special “Black American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War” Exhibit, New York, N.Y.

Learn about the black soldiers who took up patriot arms during the Revolutionary War this Veterans Day at New York’s African Burial Ground National Monument, which the National Park Service describes as “the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans.” This week-long special exhibit is free to all and requires no advance reservation or registration. Learn more. 

November 18, 19, and 23: Gettysburg Dedication Day EventsGettysburg, Pa.

This November 19 marks the 156th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, famous as the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered four and a half months after its namesake battle. Numerous events are planned in commemoration, among them: an open house at the David Wills House and Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station; a keynote address by presidential scholar Michael Beschloss during the commemoration ceremony; a parade of Civil War living history groups; and a moving nighttime tribute in the cemetery, during which each of the 3,512 soldiers’ graves are illuminated and the names of the fallen are read aloud. Learn more.

For more Veterans Day travel ideas, check the National Park Service events calendar at findyourpark.com, visit a state park website, search for museums and historic sites near you, or browse the American Battlefield Trust’s suggested travel itineraries.

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. To date, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 51,000 acres of battlefield land associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.

American Battlefield Trust


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