100 years ago, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I, the conflict referred to by H.G. Wells as “the war that will end war,” ended. By the end of the conflict, more than 100,000 Virginians served across all branches of the armed services, and nearly 3,700 never returned to their homes. Those who did return found a country that was fundamentally transformed.
November 10-12: Museum admission is complimentary for active military and veterans through the generosity of The Boeing Company.
November 11: Free, family-friendly programming to honor the service and sacrifice of our military and commemorate the centennial of World War I’s end.
November 11 Programming
Make and Take Crafts – Decorate an American flag, color a fighter jet, or make a remembrance poppy to take home.
Voices from the Past – Take a sheet of quotes from the front desk when you arrive to read the stories and statements of Virginia veterans from the past.
11:00 AM: “On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”, the Great War ended. Observe your own personal moment of silence to honor those who have fought for our country, and learn more about WWI’s impact on Virginia in our Centennial Commemoration exhibit, The Commonwealth and the Great War.
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM – Story of Virginia
Take a highlight tour through our award-winning Story of Virginia exhibition as we discuss Virginia’s involvement in various military conflicts throughout history.
12:00 PM and 3:00 PM – Murals and Memory
Take a highlight tour through our oldest exhibit, the Memorial Military Murals, as well as our newest, Fresh Paint, as we discuss multiple visual interpretations of the Civil War.
"Sgt Stubby: An American Hero"
Free screenings at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Join us for the true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. After his brave actions and outstanding loyalty, Stubby becomes a hero of WWI, and the first dog to ever be promoted to Sergeant in the United States Army. Rated PG. 1 hr 24 min.