Arlington is currently home to about 13,000 veterans – and thousands more have called Arlington home over past decades. County offices and facilities are closed on this special holiday to commemorate the many men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces in war and peace.
Although concerns about the risks of COVID-19 have curtailed most traditional gatherings for the holiday, there are still many ways to honor and observe Veterans Day in Arlington:
- Watch this video message from Colonel Joseph Simonelli, U.S. Army (Ret.), chair of Arlington’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
- View the National Veterans Day Observance live from Arlington National Cemetery. This year, the National Veterans Day Observance is limited to official ceremony participants. The public is encouraged to view the ceremony via the live-stream link on Wed., Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
- Visit Clarendon Central Park and the eleven historic markers that comprise the Clarendon War Memorial Interpretive Project. Located in the heart of Clarendon, this one-acre park features a War Memorial dedicated to Arlington residents who gave their lives in wartime.
- Visit a Memorial: Visit one of many special memorials in our community, including Iwo Jima, the Air Force Memorial and the Women in Military Service Memorial. Plus many more are close by, right across the river.
- Read about the veteran experience in this list curated by the Arlington Public Library
- County Resources: Check out the County’s many Military and Veteran resources – from housing information to job and employment resources.
Note: Large gatherings of individuals can increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and are not recommended; you are still safer at home. To protect against COVID-19, everyone should avoid close contact with people who do not live in their household, wear a mask (cloth face covering), and practice social distancing and frequent hand washing. We implore all Arlingtonians to continue to abide by this public health guidance. In general, the more closely people interact with each other and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.