Pay tribute to our nation’s heroes at these patriotic stops.
Veterans Day, originally known as “Armistice Day,” began in 1919 during the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday in 1938, established to pay tribute to all American veterans, living or deceased, who served our county during war or peacetime. In observance of this patriotic holiday, here are five hearing loss-friendly Veterans Day memorial sites to visit:
- Gettysburg National Military Park
- The National Mall
- Pearl Harbor
- National Museum of the Marine Corps
- Arlington National Cemetery
Learn more about each of these places to visit on Veterans Day below.
1. Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was home to one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. Fought over three days in July of 1863, it’s also considered the most devastating in American history, with over 50,000 lives lost. Visitors can choose to take the self-guided tour with a free park map and guide available at the Visitor Center or request a licensed battlefield guide to tour the park. Hearing assistance devices are available at the Visitor Center for the film auditorium and cyclorama programs, and wayside exhibits throughout the park feature text and visual illustrations.
2. The National Mall
The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is home to three American history memorial sites: National World War II Memorial, National Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 2018, the National Korean War Veterans Memorial was recognized as one of the U.S. Government’s official Veterans Day Regional Sites. These hearing loss-friendly Veterans Day stops provide closed-captioning services on films in any of the National Mall destinations, with additional hearing loss accommodations available upon request.
3. Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, a naval base located on the island Oahu, Hawaii, was the scene of a surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. This location marks the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War II. Visitors to this memorial site can view the wreckage of the USS Arizona, explore the Pacific Aviation Museum, visit the Bowfin Submarine Memorial and Park, and discover the Battleship Missouri Memorial site where Japanese forces eventually surrendered and ended the war. Here, transcript materials of the tours are available by request, and theaters are equipped with captioned technology.
4. National Museum of the Marine Corps
This museum in Triangle, Virginia tells the story of the Marines throughout history. Using interactive displays and experiences that include a gallery focused on training and the induction ceremony as well as a global exploration of Marine contributions to World War I and II, Vietnam, and the Korean War. Closed captioning and transcripts are available for all video and audio features in the museum upon request.
5. Arlington National Cemetery
Boasting over 600 acres, the Arlington National Cemetery remains a richly historic destination to visit and honor those who have served our country. Nestled across the Potomac River opposite Washington D.C., this scenic site features the Memorial Amphitheater, John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and 24-hour Changing of the Guard, and a living memorial at the Memorial Arboretum. Upon your arrival, stop by the Welcome Center where you can request information, maps, and learn how to access the hearing loss-friendly ANC Explorer app for navigating the property from your mobile- or web-based device.
These hearing loss-friendly Veterans Day memorial sites are places where you can pay tribute to veterans who have contributed to the history of America. For articles about our nation’s heroes who experience hearing loss, head to our blog to read Insights from a Veteran with Hearing Loss and 3 Ways Heroes with Hearing Loss Helps Veterans.
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