The Cathedral will be closed Friday, Jan. 20 and until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Inaugural Prayer Service.

Veterans Initiative

As a sacred space of national recognition, the Cathedral provides a ministry to current military and veterans by assisting them and their families in the healing of their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Honoring Our Heroes: A Tribute to Veterans Concert

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This Cathedral seeks to uphold, honor, and celebrate those who serve in our military and return home, but also to advocate for and alongside veterans in ways that honor their sacrifices. Our Veterans Initiative has three main goals:

  • Recognize and pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country
  • Offer a sacred space for spiritual refreshment and activities that promote spiritual healing
  • Educate the civilian public about the experience of veterans during their service and the challenges they and their families face when they return home

Veterans Weekend 2016


vetsconcertNational Veterans Day Concert

Friday, Nov. 11 | 7:00 pm

Join us for this free concert to honor and celebrate those who have served our country. Through music, we seek to raise awareness of the needs of our veterans.

Featuring: Washington National Cathedral Choir, United States Marine Orchestra


This event has now reached capacity. The concert will be webcast live.


Veterans Sunday Forum

Sunday, Nov. 13 | 10 am 

The Cathedral’s Second Sundays Series features provocative and important voices on the most pressing issues of our day.

Featuring: The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and CEO of Center for a New American Security


Service to Honor Veterans

Sunday, Nov. 13 | 11:15 am

Join us for a national service of worship honoring Veterans Day. Special music and prayers will be offered in thanksgiving for all who have honorably served our country—in wartime or peacetime—commemorating their shared endeavor of achieving peace.

Guest Preacher: The Honorable Togo West, Jr. former Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

This service is not a Holy Eucharist.

Roll of Honor

In a tradition of Cathedrals around the world, Washington National Cathedral remembers the fallen and MIA, and honors those who are serving and have served to protect our country.

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Help Support Veterans

Get involved with the Cathedral’s mission and organize to support veterans. Fill out a brief information form to learn more and get started.

Service and Sacrifice Tour

Trace the ways the Cathedral honors America’s veterans in stone, stained glass and needlework. The tour also chronicles significant events in our nation’s history and members of the military who were instrumental in building the Cathedral.

By Appointment Only:

Contact Anne James Harman, visitor programs manager, at (202) 537-5628 or by email at

Faith and Family

Service members aren't the only ones who bear the sacrifices of military service; so do their families. Learn more about the hidden costs of military service.

Getting to Know Our Veterans

How can we talk to Veterans? What do we need to know about their service, their needs, their experiences? Chaplains offer tips.

Service and Sacrifice

Featuring The Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, Bishop James Magness, Rabbi Irving Elson and Imam Talib Shareef.