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Guice Offshore Salutes Our Veterans; Get the Link to Arlington National Cemetary’s Official Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2023

Guice Offshore Salutes Our Veterans; Get the Link to Arlington National Cemetary's Official Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2023

The 70th annual National Veterans Day Observance, which honors the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces during war and peacetime, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at 11 a.m., in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.  

Click here for the livestream link, which will be posted on Friday, Nov. 10.

The United States Air Force Band and U.S. Air Force Chanters will be performing a musical prelude in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m., which will be part of the livestream.

The annual event is free and open to the public. 

Scheduled events for Veterans Day that will be part of the livestream include a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier conducted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington; and the national observance inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

In-person attendance for the annual wreath-laying ceremony will be limited this year to official participants.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by Veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

View information about ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery.


Meet Two WWII Airmen Who Finally Returned Home

Last week at Arlington, Military Funeral Honors and a Funeral Escort were conducted on October 31, 2023 for U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Porter Pile and Tech. Sgt. James Triplett in Section 81, who went down with their B-24H Liberator bomber over Germany on Sept. 27, 1944. 
During a raid on the German city of Kassel, approximately 150 enemy fighters attacked 36 bombers of the 700th Bombardment Squadron, 445th Bombardment Group. Pile and Triplett’s bomber suffered heavy damage and caught fire. Three men bailed out but Pile, Triplett, and three other crewmen were lost. Both Pile and Triplett’s bodies were not recovered, and the War Department issued a finding of death on Sept. 28, 1945.
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery teams performed excavation operations at the crash site in 2009, 2015 and 2016. Remains recovered from the site were sent to the DPAA laboratory for examination and identification. Triplett was accounted for Oct. 25, 2022, and Pile was accounted for Nov. 28, 2022.
During the October 31, 2023 ceremonies, a U.S. flag was presented to Porter Spencer following the funeral service for his great granduncle, U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Porter Pile in Section 81 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 31, 2023. 
Military funeral honors for U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. James Triplett were conducted during the same service.
Triplett’s nephew, Thomas Triplett, received the U.S. flag from Triplett’s casket (pictured above).
(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)


Veterans Day National Committee selects Veterans Day Regional Sites for 2023

Each year, the Veterans’ Administration encourages communities and non-profit organizations to apply to host VA-recognized, local Veterans Day observances. These events will ensure that fitting tributes are paid across the Nation and serve as examples for other communities to follow when planning their Veterans Day observances. This year, Veterans Day ceremonies recognized by VA will be held in 66 communities throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia to honor the Nation’s Veterans.  

Each approved regional site receives a supply of official Veterans Day posters, military ceremonial support from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and a certificate from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the official program.

Click here after Veterans Day if you are interested in applying for your community to become a regional site in 2024.

Click here to view this year’s list of selected regional Veterans Day sites is below. 

If your community or organization is not one of these sites, click here for VA’s event calendar, which will be updated weekly with Veterans Day ceremonies, parades and other events in communities across the country.


2023 Veterans Day Poster Competition Winner

2023 Official Veteran's Day Poster
2023 Official Veteran’s Day Poster

Each year the Veterans Day National Committee publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster.  The Committee selects a poster from artwork submitted by artists nationwide. It also distributes the winning design to VA facilities, military installations around the world, and across cities and towns in our nation. It then serves as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Over the years these posters have illustrated the rich history of our country’s service men and women. The poster reflects our pride and patriotism in saluting Veterans while providing the thematic artistry for the year.

The theme for Veterans Day 2023 is “Service.” Veterans are proud of their military service in defending our Nation. Honor reflects the military value and tradition of answering the call to duty. There is distinct honor in serving to protect our way of life and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Artists are encouraged to consider Veteran history of service to our Nation and the honor we owe them for fulfilling patriotic duties.

View an album of Veterans’ Day posters from past years here.

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