United States veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families are admitted free-of-charge annually on Veterans Day to most public lands managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture. A few highlighted Veterans Day events in the Southeast include:
Virginia, the home of America's birthplace and an impressive number of other historic sites, battlefields and military memorials, is one of the top destinations for honoring our nation's veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year. Find out about Veterans Day services and commemorations as well as some of the patriotic memorials to be visited during a Veterans Day trip to Virginia. Additional Information: Veterans Day in Virginia
The Annual Georgia Veteran's Day Parade, as always, begins at the usual starting time of 11:11 a.m. The parade, which follows a route along Peachtree Street, through downtown Atlanta and crosses Centennial Olympic Park to Marietta Street, honors those who served, fought, died, and are still missing in action in defense of freedom, A Veterans Ball will be held in the evening. Additional Information: The GA Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta Website
Downtown Raleigh honors veterans with a Saturday parade, followed by a formal ceremony. Additional Information: North Carolina Veterans Day Parade Committee Website
National Veterans Day in Birmingham, one of the nation's oldest and largest Veterans Day celebrations, salutes past and present members of the United States armed services, including active, reserve, and National Guard forces. Annual events include receptions, a Memorial Service, National Veterans Day Parade and more. Additional Information: National Veterans Day in Birmingham Web Site
The City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Veterans Day Celebration at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza downtown with musical tributes, spoken salutations and a military aircraft flyover. Additional Information: City of Gatlinburg Department of Tourism Website
The three days over Veterans Day Weekend are the final fee-free entrance days in National Parks for 2012.
The Veterans Day National Committee recognizes a selection of Veterans Day observances each year that represent fitting tributes to America's heroes. Find out about several Veterans Day Regional Sites in the Southeast U.S. Additional Information: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Site