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This Veterans Day, honor the military service of Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Veterans at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. A presentation of the Colors by the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society will precede a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Native American Veterans Memorial. During the day, enjoy a conversation with the Memorial designer, watch a short film, and take part in hands-on activities.
Full schedule available at AmericanIndian.si.edu/calendar
Major support provided by The Boeing Company.
Photo by Alan Karchmer for the National Museum of the American Indian
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.: Veterans Hospitality Suite
Veterans are invited to enjoy light refreshments in the museum’s Hospitality Suite.
2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: Memorial Information and Family Activities
Veteran bookmarks: Learn more about Native veterans who have served throughout history at the Veterans Profiles Teaching Cart and take home a veterans profile bookmark.
Veteran postcards: Write a postcard to a veteran or active-duty service member and the museum will send it for you.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Meet the Memorial Designer
Memorial designer and veteran, Harvey Pratt, and Curator Rebecca Trautmann discuss the design process and creation of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The conversation will be webcast at AmericanIndian.si.edu/livestream.
4:00 p.m.–4:25 p.m.: Screening of Why We Serve (25 min.)
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the National Native American Veterans Memorial
The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society will present the colors to open a wreath-laying ceremony lead by Director Cynthia Chavez Lamar at the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The Memorial Flame will be lit from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.