Honoring Those Who Served in COVA

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”— Dan Lipinski

Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Coastal Virginia is the proud home to many active duty and retired military, and we have the extreme privilege of honoring them this Veterans Day with a variety of events across the region. If you are a veteran, please join us in honoring the sacrifices you made, if you are not, be sure to honor and thank a veteran.

Virginia Beach

To celebrate our veterans of yesteryear, as well as today, take a leap back in time to a golden era in American history, located only 20 minutes south from the Resort Beach. The vintage 1930’s Art Deco airplane hangars and sprawling airfield of the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum are a must-see for locals and visitors alike. With 65 planes from the first 50 years of military aviation, most of which have amazingly been restored to their original flying condition, the museum holds one of the largest private collections of its kind in the world. As you walk through the marvels of American, British, Russian and German engineering, unencumbered by the ropes or rails of traditional museums, it is impossible not to be moved. It is here where the stories of the brave young men and women who came before us truly come alive. LEARN MORE


It’s easy to find businesses and attractions that offer Veterans Day discounts in Norfolk, an area highly populated with military families! Take advantage of the offer at Nauticus, Norfolk’s science maritime museum where active duty service members can get discounts off adult tickets every day. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is filled with beautiful themed gardens, nearly 100 species of birds and 30 kinds of butterflies. They offer $2 off general admission tickets with a military ID and also offer military discounts during their holiday Garden of Lights display. Some stores in MacArthur Center offer discounts as does Norfolk International Airport. LEARN MORE


Visits to Fort Monroe and the Hampton National Cemetery are always good opportunities to remember our veterans, but this year, the photo exhibit “Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan” at the Hampton History Museum is the perfect way to honor recent veterans. This exhibit, on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps through January 29, 2017, features images and journal excerpts of a Marine unit stationed near the Pakistan border in 2009. Accompanying the photos are video segments of local families whose loved ones were killed serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. LEARN MORE


The Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Chesapeake citizens and loved ones who are serving or who have served in all branches of the military. The memorial is located on the municipal center grounds and is made up of a marble structure and more than 1,800 individual memorial pavers. Please join us in honoring our veterans Friday, November 11, at 11:00 am. LEARN MORE

Newport News

There are some very special celebrations taking place in Newport News this Veterans Day. That Friday, November 11, there will be a ceremony at the Victory Arch from 11:00-1:00 pm. After the ceremony, the public is invited learn about America’s rich military heritage at the Virginia War Museum. Visit the museum on Veterans Day and receive $1 off the posted admission prices. On Sunday, November 13, Newport News will be one of five cities nationally to host the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 5k.  The race will take place at City Center in Oyster Point and will include a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride. This race is open to all who want to participate and will be free for all veterans, active duty service members, reservists, National Guard and ROTC. DAV National Adjutant and CEO, Marc Burgress, expressed, “It’s very fitting that we are hosting it in southeastern Virginia, a community that has a large military population and a remarkable history in supporting America’s heroes.” LEARN MORE


Join us at the exquisite Veterans Memorial Monument in downtown Smithfield on November 11 at 11 am as VFW Post 8545, the American Legion Post 49 and Isle of Wight County honor all our veterans with an event featuring guest speaker Colonel Dennis Arinello, USMC Retired. Afterward, tour Historic Fort Huger, a strategic Civil War fort located on a bluff overlooking the James River, named after Benjamin Huger, a U.S. Army ordnance officer who fought with distinction during the Mexican-American War and served as a Confederate general during the Civil War. LEARN MORE

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