2021 Veterans Day Events

National Veterans Day Events

National Veterans Day Observance
11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST

VA Secretary Denis McDonough hosts the National Veterans Day Observance Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony. The Veterans Day Observance will honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during war and peacetime. 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 https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs. People can also view at this link.

Q&A with VA Secretary Denis McDonough
3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST

VA Secretary Denis McDonough answers Veteran questions at a Facebook premiere event at 3 p.m. Nov. 11. The virtual event will be on VA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs and https://www.youtube.com/user/veteranshealthadmin. McDonough addressed topics such as disability claims, burn pits, medical marijuana, mental health services, COVID-19 and community care.

World War II Memorial
9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST

Beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 11, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will pay tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II at a special Veterans Day event hosted virtually and at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. At 9 a.m., a pre-recorded ceremony will be streamed via the Friends Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WWIIMemorialFriends.

National Veterans Memorial & Museum
11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum offers an online ceremony at 11 a.m. Eastern Time live on Facebook and YouTube. The program features former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Les L. Lyles; NVMM President, CEO and Army Veteran Michael Ferriter; President of USAA and Navy Veteran Wayne Peacock; and others. These distinguished Veterans and guests will share messages promoting unity in support of the Veteran community and promoting selfless service in communities on Veterans Day and every day. NVMM’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/NationalVeteransMemorialandMuseum/ and its YouTube page is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVmON_ezu70. For those near Columbus, admission is free for U.S. military Veterans, active-duty military members and Gold Star families.

Vietnam Veterans Wall Ceremony
1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Veterans Day Ceremony at The Wall will be online at 1 p.m. A video of the event will be at www.vvmf.org/live and VVMF’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund/. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will do a daily virtual Reading of the Names. Each day, they will read all the names – and share the photos – of those who died on that day (for all years) during the Vietnam War. It will post at 3 p.m. ET each day starting this Sunday, Nov. 7, and go through Nov. 6, 2022. This leads up to Nov. 7-10, 2022, when there will be a 65 hour Reading of the Names at the Wall over 65 hours for each of the 58,281 names inscribed on The Wall. People can find it on the VVMF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund/, their website at www.vvmf.org/rotn and on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund.

NYC Vets Day Parade

Marine Corps Veteran and Navy Cross recipient Eddie Ray is the grand marshal for the 2021 NYC Vets Day Parade, which will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Desert Storm. Get updates on the ceremony on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NYCVetsParade/ or its Twitter account at https://twitter.com/nycvetsparade. The group also has Marching Orders, which are 11 activities Veterans and/or their supporters can do on-screen or at-home, either by themselves or with a socially distanced group. More information is at https://parade.uwvc.org/plans/marching-orders/.

Challenge America’s Virtual Veterans Day Gala
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m EST/5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST

This Veterans Day, join us to show your support for the service and sacrifice of military Veterans. During this event, you will learn how Challenge America leverages technology and the creative arts to improve the lives of Veterans and their families, as our program participants share their emotional stories of working with Challenge America to overcome the adversity in their lives. Our program will also include a live auction to support our work at Challenge America, featuring exciting products and experiences curated exclusively for this event. A celebrity concert will round out the evening, featuring Challenge America Honorary Co-founders, Vince Gill and Amy Grant. This will be a memorable event that you won’t want to miss. Registration is free, so please sign up today!

Local Veterans Day Events

10 November 2021

Pre-Veterans Day “Thank You” Reception – Ceremony | 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
​Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo​, CA

Welcome and thank soldiers of the 801st Engineer Company and others for involvement in work on the Mare Island Naval Veterans Cemetery. POC: ​Erik Rzomp, (707) 648-4377

11 November 2021

21st Annual William Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Folsom, CA

Folsom will honor the nation’s veterans at the 21st annual Wayne Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 11. The parade stages in the Target/Home Goods parking lot, and begins on East Bidwell Street near Montrose Drive. The parade will travel westbound on E. Bidwell Street, northbound on Coloma Street, and will proceed to Natoma Street. The parade will finish at Folsom City Lions Park with a brief ceremony to honor local veterans at the Veterans Memorial. POC: Ted Ocampo, (916) 461-6615

Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA

Hosted by Veterans Affiliated Council. Parade @ 10 a.m. Ceremony: 1 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (15th and L streets). POC: William Franco III, wfranco25@yahoo.com, (916) 633-9991

West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade, Together We Honor Them | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
West Sacramento, CA

Please join us as we honor the veterans in our community and throughout our nation! Parade begins at 10am (staging at 8am) at the OLD Westmore Oaks Elementary (1100 Clarendon) and ends at Sam Combs Park. POC: VFW Post 8762, (916) 371-7245

Veterans Days Observance
Highway 50 Billboard Salute, Rancho Cordova, CA
The Cordova Community Council is proud to present a community observance honoring those who have bravely served the nation in time of war and peace. “Flags on Folsom Boulevard” will feature hundreds of American flags posted on the south side of Rancho Cordova’s central roadway, paying tribute to our armed forces. A Veterans Day blood drive will also be held at Rancho Cordova City Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. POC: (916) 273-5715

Honoring All Honor Guards: 2021 Auburn Veterans Day Parade & Luncheon | 10:50 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Parade  will begin at 10:50 a.m. at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Avenue and will proceed down Lincoln Way.  The parade will pause at the Central Square at 11 a.m.

There will be a brief patriotic ceremony with the release of doves, followed by a fly-over (weather permitting), a three-volley rifle salute, followed by TAPS. The parade will resume onto High Street and end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.  Complimentary lunch will be served to all attending veterans at the Armory Building. All others by small donation. Additional information at www.auburnveteransparade.org.

El Dorado County Veterans Day Ceremony | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA

This is being planned as an in-person event. However, should the pandemic worsen and public gatherings not permitted, the ceremony will occur virtually on our Facebook page.

Veterans Day Ceremony | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mare Island Naval Ceremony, Vallejo, CA

Veterans Day observance at Mare Island Naval Cemetery. POC: Nestor Aliga, (707) 853-0062

13 November 2021

Veterans Day Health Fair | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UC Davis Willow Clinic @ VFW Post 67, 2784 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA
VFW Post 67 and the Willow Clinic present a Veterans Day Health Fair this weekend. Free services offered will include general health exams, VSP vouchers, haircuts, flu shot (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), food/coffee, diabetes support, and clothing. Call (916) 572-4502 for priority appointments. (Veterans in need receive first priority.) Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. This is a free event open to everyone.

Honoring Her Voice: Women Veterans Appreciation Day | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Join CalVet Women Veterans and Northern California Healthcare System, Women Veterans Healthcare for the virtual event, “Honoring Her Voice: Women Veterans Appreciation Day”. It will be a fun day filled with pampering, celebration, and empowerment. Get ready to win prizes, connect with other women veterans, and explore self-care, mindful practices, skin care, veterans rating and claims processes, and lunch will be provided to those who attend the event! ​Registration is open!

Veterans Film Festival: OneVet OneVoice | 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 11/14/2021
San Francisco Main Library, Kort Theater, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA or via Zoom

POC: Eddie Ramirez, (415) 857-3463, sfveteransfilmfestival@gmail.com

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