This year, Veterans Day (Sun Nov 11) not only honors US military personnel of the past and present—it's also the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the original name for Veterans Day, which was enacted in 1918 to mark the end of World War I and to promote peace around the world. We've rounded up all the ways to observe the occasion, from Auburn's 53rd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance to the Museum of History & Industry's Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration to special discounts at places like the Woodland Park Zoo. You can also find them on our Veterans Day calendar.
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They are at Rest: A Remembrance of the 1918 Armistice
Cappella Romana will be directed by English conductor Guy Protheroe in a program of sacred works by British composers as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I.
Saint Mark's Cathedral
MOHAI hosts a body of artifacts, recordings, multimedia presentations, and more, created by the Minnesota History Center, to reveal a picture of America between 1914-1919—its contradictions, hopes, terrors, and dizzying transformations.
Museum of History & Industry
2018 Nisei Veterans Day Event
Retired Brigadier General Oscar Hilman (the "Commanding General of the largest Heavy Armor Brigade deployment of Washington National Guard troops since World War II") will give a keynote speech at this Veterans Day event.
Nisei Veterans' Committee Memorial Hall
53rd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance
This annual parade celebrates "freedom around the world," and honors people who have served or are currently serving in the US Military. Marching bands, military vehicles, honor guards, and more join in the procession.
Auburn Main Street
Hops & Poppies: Veteran Fundraiser
Figurehead Brewing will donate proceeds from their special Veterans Day Cask Ale to Post 123, which supports veterans in Magnolia and the Seattle area. Post 123 will also be handing out remembrance poppies, which you can wear to celebrate those who have served in the US military.
Mill Creek Veterans Day Celebration
Mill Creek will celebrate "100 years of honor" with a Veterans Walk, a commemorative ceremony, a parade, military displays, and a car show.
Free Northwest Trek Park Special Admission
All veterans and active-duty military will receive free admission to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and their families will receive half-off admission.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration
Armistice Day turns 100 years old this year, and this celebration will mark the centennial with an opening ceremony, featuring the ringing of the historic Great Seattle Fire bell and a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterward, there will be special events at the museum including historical presentations and viewing opportunities for their WW1 America archival exhibition, and a round-trip cruise on Lake Union to UW’s WWI Navy seaplane hangar.
Museum of History & Industry
Curator Mini Talks: On the Battlefront and the Homefront
On the final day of the On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War exhibit (which coincides with the centennial of Armistice Day), hear talks from curator Elizabeth Stewart about Renton's involvement in World War I.
Renton History Museum
Joe Walsh & Friends Present: VetsAid 2018
The lineup for this year's VetsAid, Tacoma's annual "concert for our veterans," will be stacked. It's headlined by Joe Walsh (of Eagles, James Gang, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band fame), who himself is a Gold Star family member (his father died in the Vietnam War), and whom Dave Segal called an "astronomically talented guitarist and distinctive vocalist" who has "proved himself as one of rock’s funkiest ax heroes." Mighty big names like Ringo Starr, Haim, Chris Stapleton, and Don Henley will also make appearances.
Lynnwood Veterans Day Ceremony
Celebrate Veterans Day at this annual commemoration in Lynnwood's Memorial Park.
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Day Celebration
The Museum of Flight will honor US military personnel of the past and present with a full day of activities, including booming anthems from the Boeing Employee’s Concert Band, a presentation of authentic women’s military uniforms from the first World War, a Vietnam War documentary screening by Ray Sullivan, a bell tolling, and more. Veterans and those currently serving will get in free.
Museum of Flight
Veterans Day Open Mic Town Hall
Hear veterans and family members recount their own experiences in war or at home at this open mic.
Rainier Arts Center
Veterans Day: WWI Weaponry with Joseph Govednik
Celebrate Veterans Day and the centennial of Armistice Day by discovering Washington's role in the US military's World War I technology with Cowlitz County Museum Director Joseph Govednik.
Washington State History Museum
Woodland Park Zoo Special Admission
Veterans and active-duty military will get free admission to see all the animals at the Phinney zoo.
Woodland Park Zoo
Shoreline Veterans Day Celebration
The Shoreline Veterans Association and the Starr Sutherland, Jr. American Legion Post 227 celebrate all who have served or are currently serving the US military with a short program followed by refreshments.
Shoreline City Hall