Veterans Day 2020 Goes Virtual Due to COVID-19

2020 has been a time of trial and tribulation. What started as a promising year quickly devolved as COVID-19 hit our shores and spread like wildfire. Starting in late-March, the nation took notice and in California, the state took action. Quarantine, social distancing, masks, testing, learning to fend for ourselves as businesses we relied on for things as haircuts and favorite food shut down, scaled back, or shuttered altogether.

In 2020, we’ve seen the nation in a constant state of upheaval as people gathered to push back against injustice and others push back. Then, the state of California seemed to erupt into flames all at once as wildfires ravaged the land.

Then…the election and we’re not going to get into that or the months leading up the big day.

The point is, when COVID-19 hit, many of us watched our calendars empty as classes, events and social gatherings slid off the table. We had to learn to adapt to the massive changes in our way of living. Everything we did moved from the real world to the virtual one for better or for worse.

Now, eight months into this thing, we are entering the 2020 holiday season and, well, we’re going to have to see how we deal with it all.

On Wednesday, the nation will take the day to celebrate Veterans Day, to thank the brave men and women who stood up, took the oath, and put their lives on the line in defense of the nation.

While there is the usual listing of deals and discounts honoring our Veterans, there is also the matter of exactly how we go about celebrating. Cue the virtual Veterans Day events!

Below is a listing of known virtual Veterans Day events scoured from across the internet. Of them all, there is one live event, the rest you can access through your computer, laptop, or smartphone.

Note that this list is not all-inclusive, there are likely scores of other events happening all over the country. For the most part, the focus was on national events and events centered in Northern California and the Sacramento Valley.

Some events have already started, others are only for the 11th, others run all month. Check out the event links and find something to do in between hunting for free chow or getting a haircut.

Last but not least, a great, big THANK YOU goes out to each and every Airman, Coast Guard, Marine, Sailor, and Soldier out there. From one Veteran to another, you’ve done good.

LIVE EVENT: California Mexican American Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2020 / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
West End of the State Capitol @ the “El Soldado” Monument

Social distancing protocols will be in place. Please wear a mask. POC: Phil Rios, (916) 370-4681

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
November 11, 2020 / 8:00 a.m. PST
National Veterans Day Observance

The National Veterans Day Observance is held each year Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony starts precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. uniformed services. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response has compelled VA and its partners (Arlington Cemetery and Military District of Washington) to host a greatly reduced ceremony this year. VA will live stream the ceremony at

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Registration Open Through November 11, 2020
Opening Ceremony: November 7, 2020 / 7:00 a.m. PST
DAV 5K Walk, Roll, Run & Ride to Honor America’s Veterans

Participate virtually from anywhere! Walk, Roll, Run or Ride in your own neighborhood. We will kick off our event on Nov. 7th with an opening ceremony streamed live on Facebook and Registration will remain open through November 11th. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @DAV5K for all the latest updates.

The DAV 5K is a walk, roll, run, and ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. Join us in keeping our promise to America’s veterans!

Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
November 11, 2020
Virtual Veterans Day Support America’s Veterans (SAV) March

The IAVA Support America’s Veterans (SAV) March is a first of its kind virtual parade across this beautiful country. On November 11th, all of our mini parades combined will virtually take us from coast to coast for a combined 2.093 miles.

Grab your flags, invite your friends, and make plans now.

While you and your friends have fun you can also pledge to raise money for IAVA, by committing to only $100 per mile you walk, run or ruck on Veterans Day. We are hoping that our community will pledge $100 per mile for every mile across America, 2,093.

National Veterans Memorial & Museum
November 11, 2020 / 7:00 a.m. PST
Veterans Day Ceremony

Commemorate Veterans Day with an inspiring online ceremony at 10 a.m. (ET) live on Facebook and YouTube with special messages and remarks from Montel Williams, television host and U.S. Marine and Navy Veteran; Bruce Thorn, U.S. Army Veteran and President and CEO of Big Lots, Inc.; and our President and CEO, Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). Following this brief ceremony, continue to honor our servicemen and women on social media with #NVMM #VETERANSDAY2020 to let us know how you celebrate Veterans Day. A special thanks to our proud Veterans Day Sponsors, Nationwide, CAS, and USAA who are helping us share and celebrate the stories of our nation’s Veterans!

National Veterans Memorial & Museum
November 1 – 22, 2020
National Veterans Memorial & Museum 5-Mile, 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk

This Veterans Day, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum 5 Mile, 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk is an event to honor America’s heroes, all service men and women, past and present, who help keep our country safe and free. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event will be virtual and features some great amenities and an exciting new Heroes Honor Challenge. You can complete your chosen distance or challenge anytime and anywhere November 1 – 22, 2020.

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
November 8, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. to November 14, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m.
Veterans Film Festival

Veterans Film Festival provides a unique forum for veterans to find expression, healing, and community while increasing the public awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military veterans. The event is FREE but you must reserve a ticket.

Team Red, White & Blue (RWDB)
November 11, 2020 / 2:30 p.m. PST

WOD for Warriors

Every Veterans Day, hundreds of veterans, veteran supporters, gyms, and boxes across the nation participate in #WOD4Warriors, a functional fitness workout, to support Team RWB and the men and women who have served our country. All proceeds support Team RWB’s mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by coming together in support of our veterans’ physical and mental health.

VA Northern California Health Care System (NCHCS)
November 14, 2020 / 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. PST
2020 Virtual Military Women’s Appreciation Day

Women from all military branches and service eras are invited to attend. Wellness classes on the following will be given: Essential oils for emotional/physical well-being; acupressure point tapping for emotional balance; chair yoga; healthy breathing skills & gentle body movements for energy cleansing; fun paper flower making; and tips for getting a good night’s rest. Entertainment, games & prizes. Virtual check-in is at 8:45 a.m.; event starts @ 9:00 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, contact Rebecca Stallworth @ (916) 366-5453.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
November 11, 2020 / 10:00 a.m. PST
Veterans Day 2020 Virtual Commemoration

You are invited to join with us in paying tribute to all of our country’s service members on Veterans Day.  Though we will be unable to host guests at The Wall for our annual Veterans Day ceremony, you can participate in this virtual patriotic tribute from wherever you live.

The virtual commemoration will begin at 1 p.m. EST on November 11, 2020.

REMINDER: If you plan on going out and about, please follow protocols to keep yourself, your buddies, and your families safe. Mask up, wash for at least 20 seconds, and keep six feet apart as much as possible. Doing so will help us beat this thing faster. Also, if you suspect you’ve been exposed, get tested. If you feel sick, stay home.