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Thank You, Vets: Ways to Celebrate Our Nation’s Veterans

Nov 08, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo

By Cate Reynolds

This Sunday, November 11th, is dedicated to  honoring and thanking all military personnel who have served and protected the United States. Here are a few Veterans Day ceremonies, celebrations, and events happening throughout the day.

8 a.m.:

Start your morning by raising money for veterans returning from war during the 10th Annual John Ripley Memorial 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. The race starts and finishes at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Online registration is closed, but you can still register in-person at Charm City Run in Annapolis Towne Center or at packet pick up the morning of the race.

10:30 a.m.:

Honor our veterans during a ceremony hosted by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs at the World War II Memorial, located on Route 450 at the Naval Academy Bridge.

In D.C., Smithsonian Theaters, in partnership with Vetflix, kicks off its two-day Veterans Day Film Festival. Held at the Warner Bros. Theater in the National Museum of American History and Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater in the National Air and Space Museum, the festival will feature extraordinary stories about veterans and their families. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.

11 a.m.:

Head to Memorial Circle at City Dock for Annapolis’ Veterans Day Program. The keynote speaker will be CMC Jeffrey A. Kirby, USNA. The program will include a short parade featuring the USNA Silent Drill Team, NJROTC Cadets from Annapolis High School, USS Sioux City (LCS11) Ship’s Crew, and Cadets/Sea Cadets from Navy League Annapolis.

On the Eastern Shore, Washington College will host a Veterans Day brunch and celebration­ in Hodson Dining Hall. Brunch is free for veterans and $11 for guests.

1:30 p.m.:

Join the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs for a ceremony honoring veterans and military personnel at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, located at 6827 East New Market in Hurlock.

5:30 p.m.:

In Baltimore, join Blind Industries & Services of Maryland for its second annual Veterans Day Concert, featuring memorable performances by the Maryland Conservatory of Music. Proceeds from the concert will benefit three organizations that support the Unites States’ military through programs, services, and opportunities: Blind Industries & Services of Maryland, Warriors on the Green, and Sound Minds USA. Tickets are $125 for general admission and free for veterans. Tickets can be purchased here.