Today is the day we thank our U.S. Military active duty, reserve, retired, and discharged veterans (as opposed to Memorial Day, where we honor those that gave their life for our great country. While thanking a Veteran or liking our Facebook posts (where most of us change our profile picture to some age-old pic of us in uniform (I played), here is a way to show your appreciation in-person today here in Charlottesville, VA — as well as a partial list of organizations going the extra mile to thank Veterans. (Please add more in the comments section if you know about them!)

Events:

Charlottesville City Veterans Day Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post 74 (my post!) (map)

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the downtown Charlottesville’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion, music by the Charlottesville High School band and comments by Brig. Gen. Charles N. Pede.

American Legion Post 74 and Hospice of the Piedmont Veterans Day Ceremony (map)

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – head to Post 74 at 3025 Louisa Road in Keswick for remarks by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and a pinning ceremony of World War II veterans.

Veterans Day at Highland (map)

From 11am to 5pm, head to James Monroe’s Home–Ashlawn-Highland–to celebrate Veterans Day (Free for veterans/ regular admission is $14, or $8 for residents of Charlottesville and surrounding counties).

  • 11 a.m., the University of Virginia Army ROTC Cadets and the Buford Middle School band/ remarks from U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt and Vietnam veteran Dr. Heyward Macdonald.
  • 1 p.m./3 p.m. – Colonel Monroe in performance recounting the American Revolution.
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Living timeline of veterans from the Revolutionary War through Operation Desert Storm / Two World War II Jeeps will also be on display.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Veterans Day Ceremony (map)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Commemorate the African-American military experience and see panels with Gulf War and Vietnam-era veterans.

Vietnam War Foundation Museum Veterans Day Open House (map)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vietnam War Foundation Museum, 6265 Spring Hill Road in Ruckersville. (434) 985-8408.

Patronage:

Special thanks:

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