In Philadelphia, we salute the past nearly daily with odes to Founding Fathers and independence.
But in honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to take a moment to remember and commemorate not just history, but specifically the courageous U.S. members of the military who have served our country.
On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, there are a number of ways to honor our nation’s veterans — from a flag-raising ceremony and conflict-filled photography exhibition at the National Constitution Center to a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington Square,
Read on for our roundup of places to observe Veterans Day in Philadelphia.
• Independence Hall: Monday, November 11, Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street. Veterans Day means ticket-free tours of Independence Hall all day on Monday, November 11. The attraction, that normally requires tickets, invites history buffs inside of its historic walls for tours led by National Park Service guides.
• National Constitution Center: Monday, November 11, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street. To celebrate Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center offers museum-goers with $5 admission all day long and veterans are admitted for free. Explore the permanent and visiting exhibitions — including Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs — and attend flag workshops, a wreath-laying ceremony, talks and more special activities honoring our nation’s vets.
• Independence Seaport Museum: November 9-11, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The Independence Seaport Museum has a ton in store for Veterans Day guests. From November 9 through 11, embark on guided tours of the Olympia, a Spanish-American War-era ship, watch gun drills and hear about life aboard the vessel. At 11 a.m. on November 11, raise a hat to the country’s veterans at a memorial ceremony in front of the Becuna. Plus, the Independence Seaport Museum will be offering free admission to all veterans on Monday, November 11 in honor of members of the United States Armed Forces
• The Joe Bonham Project: Through Monday, November 11, Drexel University College of Medicine, New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street. Through Monday, November 11, Drexel University exhibits The Joe Bonham Project, a collection of more than 40 portraits of wounded Iraq and Afghan War veterans in recovery, making for the perfect homage to the country’s veterans. Access to the exhibition is completely free.
• Adventure Aquarium: November 9-11, Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden. Military families, take note. Adventure Aquarium welcomes active and retired military personnel and their families in to check out the establishment’s sharks, turtles, penguins and more for a discounted admission of $10 per person for up to four people.
• Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Monday, November 11, 10-11 a.m. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington Square, 7th and Walnut streets. On Monday morning, the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission observes Veterans Day with a ceremony in Washington Square park, where a statue of George Washington stands vigil at the tomb of an unknown soldier who died during the War for Independence.
• Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran Memorial: Monday, November 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran Memorial, Front and Spruce streets. The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund hosts a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday afternoon at the commemorative site overlooking the Delaware River.
• Philadelphia Korean War Memorial: Monday, November 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Philadelphia Korean War Memorial, Front Street between Spruce and Dock streets. Practically adjacent to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, the Korean War Memorial hosts a Veteran’s Day ceremony immediately preceding the event at the Vietnam memorial.
• Veterans Multi-Service Center: Monday, November 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Veterans Multi-Service Center, 213 N. 4th Street. The Veterans Multi-Service Center will be honoring homeless veterans throughout most of the day with multiple events, 9 am to 1:30 p.m. Highlights include a Jazz Sanctuary performance at 10 a.m. and the VNC Book Where the Wars End, The VMC Story launch at 11:30 a.m.