Independence Seaport Museum honors and thanks all who served in the United States Armed Forces with three days of special Veteran’s Day programming, as well as free admission for all Veterans on Monday, November 11.
On Saturday, November 9, Sunday, November 10, and Monday the 11th, Olympia’s Living History Crew along with interpreters from all of US armed conflicts will present guided tours of the Spanish-American War era cruiser Olympia, perform gun drills and discuss life aboard this unique warship. Representing America’s veterans throughout history, the living history sailors, soldiers and, marines will discuss their lives aboard the mighty warship as if they were there. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m.
A Veteran's Day memorial ceremony will take place Monday the 11th in front of the Museum's historic World War II-era submarine Becuna. Conducted by the Delaware Valley chapter of World War II Submarine Veterans and Subvets Incorporated, the ceremony commences at 11:00 a.m. with sub veterans reading the name of every American submarine that was lost at sea. The ceremony will conclude with the Olympia firing her signal guns in salute. The Olympia's Living History crew will hold a wreath laying ceremony aboard the Olympia at noon in honor of the Unknown Soldier and all the brave Ambericans who have died in our nation's conflicts. At the time the most famous vessel in service, the Olympia was chosen to bring the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the U.S. at the end of WWI.
All activities are open to the public and included with regular Museum admission. Weekend Museum admission is $10 for veterans, seniors and children 2-11 and $13.50 for adults. Admission will be free to veterans on Monday the 11th.