RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- There are several events taking place around Central Virginia in honor of Veterans Day.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Petersburg National Battlefield will honor veterans by lighting luminaries at Poplar Grove National Cemetery. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I, there will be a special focus on the stories of WWI soldiers who found their final resting places at Poplar Grove.
The Commonwealth's Veterans Day Ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m in the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater at Byrd Park. Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox will speak. After there ceremony, there will be exhibits, displays and events commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day at the Carillon. The events and parking are free.
The Richmond Concert Band will put on a performance for Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. The free concert starts at 4 p.m. at Franklin Military Academy.
Chesterfield County will also mark the anniversary of Armistice Day with a Veterans Day Commemoration. The event is Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chesterfield County 1917 Courthouse on Iron Bridge Road. The courthouse bell will toll in honor of the 19 Chesterfield County residents who died serving in WWI. There will also be living history displays, musical performances and presentations of banners and wreaths honoring veterans. The ceremony is free to attend.
The public is also invited to Hanover's Veterans Day Ceremony. It starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Hanover Veterans Memorial in Hanover Wayside Park. Veterans who have served and are currently serving will be honored. Veterans of the Hanover County Sheriff's department will perform the Rifle Salute.
In Caroline County, there will be two events for Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Legion Post 221 will present a Veterans Day Ceremony at the courthouse on Main Street in Bowling Green. From 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, there will also be a wreath presentation honoring Caroline County veterans at Port Royal Town Hall.