There’s no better place to pay tribute to the brave people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces than in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C., steeped in history and patriotism, offers a plethora of meaningful and engaging sights to commemorate Veterans Day weekend. Here are some of the most significant places of interest where you can honor the sacrifices of our veterans.
Explore Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day Weekend
World War II Memorial
Located on the National Mall, the World War II Memorial stands as a timeless tribute to those who served in the American Armed Forces during World War II. The monument is open 24 hours a day, allowing visitors to pay their respects and appreciate the symbolism of its architecture, which includes 56 pillars representing the states and territories involved in the war.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for over 400,000 military veterans and their families. On Veterans Day, the cemetery hosts special ceremonies and events to honor those who have served. Visitors can witness the solemn Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a powerful and moving tribute to unidentified soldiers from past conflicts.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. Its black granite wall, inscribed with the names of the thousands of service members, provides a somber and reflective space for visitors.
African American Civil War Memorial
Located at 10th and U Street NW, the African American Civil War Memorial honors the African American soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. Over 200,000 African Americans served in the United States Army and Navy to end the war and free over four million slaves. This memorial honors their service and sacrifice.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
For aviation enthusiasts and history buffs, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum offers a fascinating journey through the history of military aviation. Explore exhibits showcasing aircrafts, artifacts, and stories of American heroes who contributed to the nation’s aerial defense. Visit the museum to learn about the role of the military in shaping air and space exploration.
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a memorial in the nation’s capital that honors veterans of the armed forces of the United States who were permanently disabled during their time in the national service. They have risked their lives and sacrificed much for our country, and this memorial honors them and their selfless acts. The memorial features glass panels, bronze sculptures, ceremonial flame, granite, landscaping, a reflecting pool, and stone inscriptions.
National Native American Veterans Memorial
Nestled on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Native American Veterans Memorial stands as a testament to the military service of Native Americans. Opened in 2020, this memorial honors the countless Native Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout history. Visit for Veterans Day day weekend to honor and learn about the unique contributions of Native American veterans.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Tucked away on the western edge of the National Mall, the Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to those who served during the Korean War. This solemn memorial comprises stainless steel statues of soldiers from various branches of the military, representing a squad on patrol. Set against a backdrop of etched granite walls and reflective Pool of Remembrance, the memorial is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made during the “Forgotten War.” On Veterans Day, consider attending to honor those who served in Korea and gain a deeper understanding of this often-overlooked chapter in American military history.
United States Navy Memorial
The United States Navy Memorial is a memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring those who have served or are currently serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine. In the early days of United States independence, architect Pierre L’Enfant, who designed the plan for Washington, DC, envisioned a memorial in the nation’s capital “to celebrate the first rise of the Navy and consecrate its progress and achievements.” The memorial can be visited on Pennsylvania Ave NW between 7th and 9th Street NW.
Tour the Monuments and Memorials
If you want to learn more about the history of our nation and see memorials that honor our veterans, join us on one of our educational and stress-free golf cart tours around the nation’s capital. If you’re looking for a easy way visit the spectacular sites, we’d love to accommodate you with our narrated tour down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol and through the heart of the National Mall where you can see various monumental landmarks, memorials, and other sites that show the interesting details of the nation’s capital. There are many occasions to stop, pay your respects, and take photos along the way. Book your tour today.