Veterans Day at the Museum

WWII Veteran Fist Bump with a student

From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the men and women serving our country today, this nation owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our veterans. Join us as we say thank you to all our vets, who will receive free general admission to the Museum. WWII veterans receive free admission every day to Museum exhibit galleries, Beyond All Boundaries, and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.

From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the men and women serving our country today, this nation owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our veterans. Join us as we say thank you to all our vets, who will receive free general admission to the Museum. WWII veterans receive free admission every day to Museum exhibit galleries, Beyond All Boundaries, and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.

Events

Schedule

Veterans Day Ceremony

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

Military Band on Veterans Day

Join us as we honor all of our nation's veterans with a commemorative ceremony. This event is free and open to the public, and all veterans are invited to attend.

Knit Your Bit Scarf Handout to Veterans

Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

Knit Your Bit donates scarves to veterans

Hand-knitted scarves donated to the Knit Your Bit program will be distributed to veterans in need.

Special Presentation: Tom Lea and the Battle of Peleliu by Brendan Greeley

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

Special Presentation

Brendan Greeley will speak on his book, The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea's World War II, and the fight for Peleliu.

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Book signing by Brendan Greeley

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

The Two Thousand Yard Stare

Order your book in advance and have it signed at the event. Just enter promo code "PICKUP" at checkout.

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Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II

On view in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery

Tom Lea Exhibit

This special exhibit features 26 iconic pieces of original works from LIFE magazine war correspondent and artist Tom Lea, including one of the most publicly recognizable artworks of the war, That 2,000 Yard Stare, which shows a hollow-eyed US Marine, conveying the often unseen psychological wounds of combat veterans.

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Veterans Day Banners

While visiting the Museum this Veterans Day, be sure to check out this unique expression of gratitude. Our more than 147,000 Museum Members from across the country showed their support in 2013 and 2014 by writing messages of thanks on squares of fabric. The approximately 4,000+ pieces of cloth were stitched together into two 8’ x 10’ banners, which will be on display throughout Veterans Day weekend. The pieces feature a variety of personal and creative designs, including messages from veterans as well as others who wanted to express their appreciation for all who serve.

About Veterans Day

Originally celebrated as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was signed into law on June 1, 1954. Every Veterans Day, communities around the country honor living veterans of wartime and peacetime, and share their admiration and gratitude with the men and women who answered the call during the most trying times of American history.

Wars don’t always end after victory is declared. For those who survive combat, the memories can remain vivid for years afterward. That fact is voiced poignantly in the oral histories The National WWII Museum’s historians have gathered from veterans of the Battle of Peleliu—featured here and in the Special Exhibit Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II, on view at the Museum in New Orleans until January 1, 2017. Lea documented World War II in the paintings he produced for LIFE magazine during the war years, including Peleliu in the Pacific with US Marines. In its June 11, 1945, issue, LIFE devoted seven pages to Lea’s stark, visceral images of the Battle of Peleliu.

Veterans Day is a day to thank all our military veterans for the freedoms Americans enjoy. The National WWII Museum has scheduled events to honor these brave men and women from every branch of service. All of our Veterans Day programs are free to the public, and Museum admission is free to any veteran on Veterans Day as well as to WWII veterans year-round.

For those who fought in the Battle of Peleliu, the war isn't over. Watch interviews with those who were there and learn how the war lives on in their memories.

I’m not going to ‘interpret’ that war with my painting. I am trying to paint precisely and exactly and absolutely truly what I saw with my own two eyes. Nothing else. These are to be literal pictures, to be taken literally. Few painters have ever seen such things, and certainly none I know of has painted them.

Show Your Support

There are many ways you can show your gratitude on Veterans Day—we’ve highlighted a couple of ways you can do so through the Museum:

Regardless of your choice, we hope you’ll visit us at the Museum or online this Veterans Day as we pay honor to our heroes.

Show Your Gratitude on Our Road to Victory

Purchase a Brick to Honor a Veteran

As you take the time to say thank you to our nation’s veterans, consider adding your voice to the thousands in the Museum’s Road to Victory. For just $200, you can purchase a brick to honor a personal connection or all veterans who served to preserve freedom. The message could be as simple as a “Thank you” with your family name. Don’t miss the chance to create a tribute that will last for years to come. Your purchase supports the work of The National WWII Museum to preserve the legacy of the greatest generation.

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All proceeds from purchases made through The National WWII Museum Store fund the continuing educational mission of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

<em>The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II</em> by Brendan M. Greeley Jr.

The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II by Brendan M. Greeley Jr.

$40.00

In The Two Thousand Yard Stare, Brendan M. Greeley Jr. has collected virtually all of Tom Lea’s firsthand written accounts of his assignments for LIFE magazine, including a previously unpublished diary and letters to fellow Texas writer J. Frank Dobie, along with Lea’s powerful sketches and unforgettable paintings. Greeley places them in context, along with photographs and informative details on the people, places, and wartime events encountered by Tom Lea.

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Thank You Veterans For My Freedom T-Shirt

Thank You Veterans For My Freedom T-Shirt

$20.00

Show your appreciation for the sacrifices of our men and women in service with this patriotic tee, proudly made in the USA.

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World War II Veteran Cap

World War II Veteran Cap

$14.95

You'll be proud to wear this World War II Veteran cap dedicated to every veteran who served in any branch of our Armed Forces.

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