WASHINGTON -- In commemoration of the veterans who have fought for this country, check out our list of events in the metropolitan area.
Please also visit our Veterans Day Gallery to the left to post a picture of an important veteran in your life.
Madame Tussauds offers free admission to members of the U.S. military and discounted admission for their friends and families, plus special activities in honor of Veterans Day.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens offers special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free at George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, Va.
9 a.m. -- Wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial. (17th Street, between Constitution and Independence avenues NW, Washington, D.C.)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. -- Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences. (The Vietnam Women's Memorial on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.)
10 a.m. -- McShane Bell Foundry officials hold a Veterans Day ceremony donating a the bell that will toll for Americas last serviceman to die in WWI. (Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 4430 Belair Road, Baltimore, Md.)
10 a.m. -- Sen. Jim Webb delivers keynote remarks at a ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans at Dodona Manor. (217 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, Va.)
10:30 a.m. -- Gov. Martin O'Malley attends Veterans Day services. (The Maryland World War II Memorial, Annapolis, Md.)
10:30 a.m. -- Celebrate the groundbreaking of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. The ceremony features award-winning actor Gary Sinise, the Memorial's spokesperson, and Lois Pope and Arthur H. Wilson, co-founders of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. (Washington Avenue and Second Street SW, Washington, D.C.)
10:30 a.m. -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates attends a Veterans Day ceremony. (Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.)
11 a.m. -- Ceremony to salute America's military veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. This year's event will be hosted by Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Commander, U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Patrick K. Hallinan, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a remembrance ceremony in the Memorial Amphitheater. (Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.)
11 a.m. -- Gov. Bob McDonnell prepares meals at Fisher House in honor of Veterans Day. (1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, Va.)
11 a.m. -- The Manassas Veterans Day Parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations. (The parade begins at the intersection of Quarry Rd. and Prescott Ave., travels south on Prescott and then west on Center St. ending at West St.)
11 a.m. -- Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., participates in a Veterans Day ceremony. (The Crownsville Veterans Cemetery,1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Va.)
11 a.m. -- Stephen Cluskey Cromwell, M.D., a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943-46 in which he served in five campaigns, including the first wave at Omaha Beach in Normandy, the China Seas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, will be the featured speaker as the City of Rockville honors United States veterans. (Veterans Park, Rockville, Md.)
11 a.m. -- Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war. (The Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Va.)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting at. (The National Marine Corps Museum, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va.)
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Concerned citizens and the Pray at the Pump Movement host a tribute to jobless and homeless veterans, featuring food, prayers, music by local artists and pep talks from veterans. (First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 810 Shepherd St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
12:30 p.m. To commemorate Veterans Day, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will make remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the school library makeover at Manor View Elementary School on Ft. Meade Army Base. Duncan and his family will do volunteer work at the school beginning at 9:30 a.m. (2900 MacArthur Road, Ft. Meade, Md.)