Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices every year on November 11. If you live in a part of the country where you are able to visit any Veterans Memorials this Veterans Day, we encourage you to visit these recommended sites below.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial
Dwight D. Eisenhower approved creation of the USS Arizona Memorial in 1958 to commemorate military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. On December 5, 2008, an executive order established the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor sites as part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor. In April 2019, the National Park Service announced the redesignation of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. This provision was passed as part of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, which passed both houses of Congress in February and was signed into law on March 12, 2019 by President Donald Trump.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict. The memorial also includes “The Three Servicemen” statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Marine Corps War Memorial
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation’s gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic veterans memorials. The neoclassical, white marble sarcophagus stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Since 1921, it has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. The Tomb has also served as a place of mourning and a site for reflection on military service.
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