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.

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 2017


vetsconcertNational Veterans Day Concert

The National Veterans Day Concert honors the men, women and families who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Through words, music and images, join us as we celebrate the indomitable spirit of our veterans, their triumph over adversity, their resilience and their love of country.

The Washington National Cathedral Choir was joined by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra for an evening of patriotic and contemplative music, with stories from our returning service members and their loved ones. 

Webcast of the concert available until December 1.


Veterans Concert Gallery



Service to Honor Veterans

Watch the archived webcast of  this national service of worship honoring Veterans Day. Includes special music and prayers 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 John Dalton, former Secretary of the Navy and Honorary Canon at Washington National Cathedral.

This service is not a Holy Eucharist.


Prayers for Veterans

Create a customized prayer for the veterans in your life, and keep it as a daily reminder to be thankful for the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces.

Create your prayer

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.

Enroll a Veteran

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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 Jennifer Michaelree Squire, visitor programs manager, at (202) 537-5628 or by email at