Veterans Initiative

Join Washington National Cathedral as we celebrate the resilience of America's military families and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Veterans Day 2018:
Sunday, November 11

World War I Commemorative Service

Washington National Cathedral, together with the World War One Centennial Commission, marks the 100th commemoration of the Armistice that ended World War I with a Sacred Interfaith Service. Combining prayers, poetry, and musical offerings, the service seeks to recognize the pain and sacrifice of war and, ultimately, the hope of peace around the world. Ed Bilous of the Julliard Center for Innovation in the Arts directs the Cathedral Choir in the inaugural performance of an orchestral work setting interfaith prayers to music.

During the service, at the centennial hour of the commemoration (11 am), Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.), leads the nation in the Bells of Peace in the spirit of honor and remembrance. All around the country, churches, schools, municipal buildings and every U.S. military installation around the world join in this national tolling of bells.

Other guest participants include Col. Jennifer Pritzker and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the British Embassy, the Pershing Rifles Group.

National Veterans Day Concert

The National Veterans Day Concert celebrates the indomitable spirit of our veterans, their triumph over adversity, their resilience and their love of country. Through words, music and images, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, Chaise Lounge Band, singer Emy Cee, rapper Soldier Hard and other entertainers perform a varied and compelling veterans-themed program.  The concert is presented in collaboration with the WWI Centennial Commission and Veterans in Media and Entertainment.

The concert highlights the parallel histories of the Washington National Cathedral and Veterans Day; the story of a multi-generational family whose members served in the military and returned to serve their community; the values and sacrifices of being in a military family; interviews with veterans visiting the memorials in Washington honoring those lost in the wars in which these veterans participated; and the story of a veteran who was injured in combat who is rebuilding his/her life as a parallel with the earthquake damage and rebuilding of the Cathedral.

The Veterans Initiative at Washington National Cathedral

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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Service & 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.

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