Active Duty, Retired, and Former Military Personnel Admitted Free-of-Charge
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2009
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Mount Vernon celebrates Veterans Day November 11 by admitting active duty, retired, and former military personnel free-of-charge. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers at 11:00 a.m. (free to the public), and a 2:00 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. New this year: the United States Air Force String Orchestra performs the “Music of George Washington’s World” at 3:00 p.m. in the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium (free to the public). The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 6.
The Harmony Heritage Singers, representing all branches of the military, will sing a variety of patriotic songs in a 45-minute performance that will include a special musical tribute to the Coalition forces serving overseas. At the end of the performance, the singers will ask members of the audience who have served in the military to stand and join them in singing the Armed Forces Medley. The 11:00 a.m. concert in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium is free; no tickets are required.
A moving wreathlaying ceremony at George Washington’s tomb, sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution, will take place at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin with visitors participating in the Pledge of Allegiance. Giving the visitors time for reflection, Washington's “Prayer for His Country” will be read aloud to the crowd. The wreathlaying is open to all visitors, and veterans may participate in the ceremony by placing a red carnation inside the gates of Washington’s final resting place.
Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); Visit.MountVernon.org
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.