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Surrender of the British at Yorktown by John Trumbull (US Capitol)

Join Mount Vernon as we pay tribute to America's active duty, former, and retired military personnel. 

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"…whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding." George Washington, 1782


Left, Left, Left, Right, Left

Saturday only, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., Bowling Green

George Washington was tasked with professionalizing the Continental Army when he became Commander in Chief in 1775. Mount Vernon’s Resident Fifer will lead you through 18th-century military drills to ensure you are fit for duty. 

A Worthy Partner

Sunday only, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Interpretive Center

Listen in as Martha Washington tells stories from the Revolution and highlights the important role of military spouses based on her own experiences. 

Wreath-layings Honoring the Commander in Chief

10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Visit Washington’s Tomb for special wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the day.

Mail Call  

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 12-acre field

Write a letter to a veteran thanking them for their service. 

Design A Powder Horn  

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 12-acre field

Join staff from the National Museum of the United States Army to learn about Revolutionary War powder horns and create your own unique design. 

Attend the Purple Heart Commemoration Ceremony on Aug. 3

Join Mount Vernon and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the estate’s official National Purple Heart Day Commemoration Ceremony.

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