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District Observes Veterans Day 2011 with Series of Events

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – The District of Columbia will observe Veterans Day 2011 with events on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11, according to the DC Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA).

“Veterans Day is a time when we honor all those who have served the United States in our armed forces – including thousands of District residents over the years who have fought for freedom and democracy around the world despite not being able to enjoy it fully at home,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

OVA Director Matt Cary said both District and federal officials are participating in multiple events over two days to mark the holiday, which officially takes place November 11. A listing of several of those events is below.

Thursday, November 10

• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Rededication of the District of Columbia World War I Memorial – Mayor Gray, the National Park Service, Preserve D.C. and the OVA will honor D.C. veterans who served and died in World War I at the historic DC World War I Memorial on the Mall.
• 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Veterans Day Concert featuring the Chi-Lites and Kool & the Gang – Hosted by OVA, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mayor Gray and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, this concert will take place in front of the U.S. Veterans Administration Building, 810 Vermont Avenue NW. It is open to all DC residents.

Friday, November 11

• 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Honoring African-American World War II Veterans, National World War II Memorial – OVA will honor DC World War II veterans.

• 11:00 am. – 12:00 p.m.: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden & Mayor Gray participate in the Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Memorial Service. This event includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the cemetery’s amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

• 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Veterans Day Rock Rally honoring D.C. women veterans, THEARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE.

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Pacifica Radio Veterans Day Program With Acie Byrd – OVA Director Cary and representatives from the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will reflect on what Veterans Day means to America and discuss issues veterans face as they come home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony – this will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall and will pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and America’s other conflicts.