Colonial Williamsburg honors service to America this Memorial Day weekend with free admission tickets for active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guard members and their immediate dependents. The Honoring Service program is made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.
The Honoring Service to America ticket offers all the benefits of a regular admission ticket, including admission to more than 40 sites and Historic Trades shops and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The program has distributed 21,400 tickets since 2014 and supports the Home Depot Foundation’s philanthropic mission to improve the homes and lives of service members, veterans and their families.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Colonial Williamsburg through the Honoring Service to America program,” said John E. Ellington, director of finance and grants administration for the Home Depot Foundation. “Together, we can continue to provide this special opportunity for military and their families to learn and honor the history of a nation for which they sacrifice so much.”
“Colonial Williamsburg is proud to honor military families and their service year-round,” said Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, and leader of the Foundation’s military outreach efforts. “We are so appreciative of the Home Depot Foundation’s commitment to the Honoring Service to America program, and for making it possible to offer complimentary admission to our military families on such an important weekend for our nation.”
The service member need not be present, and free Honoring Service to America tickets will be provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available onsite at the Visitor Center, Lumber House ticket office and the Merchant’s Square ticket window.
A Memorial Day commemorative service begins at 10 a.m. on May 29 to honor fallen service members. A procession with the Fifes and Drums and Military Programs will begin at the Governor’s Palace and proceed to Bruton Parish Church, ending at the Capitol. Wreaths will be placed, prayers given, and volleys fired to honor soldiers of the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. This service is free and open to the public.
For more information about “Honoring Service to America” tickets and program, telephone 855-296-6627 or visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com. More information is also available by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.