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Veterans Day

Veterans Day, which is celebrated November 11, is a holiday about honoring and thanking our country’s veterans.

In Montgomery County we have 7 parks dedicated to honoring our veterans.

ARMED FORCES MEMORIAL

31 South Summit Avenue Gaithersburg, MD

Located near the Gaithersburg City Hall in the Concert Pavilion Park, this memorial was created in honor of the men and women who have served in the various U.S. Armed Forces. The City of Gaithersburg recognizes Veterans’ Day at this location each year.

The entire community is invited to join the City of Gaithersburg for its annual Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11th, honoring and recognizing all U.S. military personnel who play an important role in safeguarding our nation and our future. The observance takes place at 11 a.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. Click here for more information.

BETHESDA VETERANS PARK

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Located at the top of the Woodmont Triangle between Woodmont and Norfolk Avenue, this small park features a memorial to Bethesda’s veterans “who gave their lives in the defense of our country”. With a small fountain and multiple chairs and tables, the park hosts many outdoor concerts throughout the summer.

DAMASCUS VETERANS MEMORIAL

Damascus Veterans Memorial

Bearing the words “Honoring All Who Served – Duty – Honor – Country”, the monument has five discs on the front and back to represent the five branches of military. The memorial is located at the Damascus Historical Building, across from Damascus Elementary School.

ROCKVILLE VETERANS PARK

Route 28 and Route 355, Rockville, MD 20850

Originally the location of the Reed Brothers Dodge, this park was created once the company moved to honor our local veterans. Join Rockville’s Mayor and Council at this annual ceremony in honor of the men and women who served in the nation’s armed forces. American Legion Post 86 will lead the wreath laying ceremony and their Honor Guard will present a twenty-one gun salute. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 86 located at 2013 Veirs Mill Road.  The 2016 guest speaker is Command Sergeant Major Ross Bagwell.

SILVER SPRING VETERANS PLAZA

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One Veterans Place, Corner of Ellsworth and Fenton, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Featuring a glazed glass pavilion and a large space open to the public, the plaza is generally programmed for festivals and concerts. This site is a memorial, commemorating the service of County veterans. The outdoor pavilion is used for summer concerts, such as Silver Spring Swings, and turns into a seasonal ice skating rink in the winter.

TAKOMA PARK VETERANS PARK

Philadelphia Avenue at Maple

This “pocket park” is dedicated to local Veterans and located directly across from the Takoma Park library.

WHEATON VETERANS URBAN PARK

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11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

Located at the intersection of Amherst Ave and Reedie Dr, this acre sizes park is dedicated to honoring those who have served in the military. The beautifully landscaped space offers a nice change of pace in a downtown corner of Wheaton. The park also recognizes John P. Hewitt, a former Director of Parks and M-NCPPC commissioner.


On Veterans Day…

The National Park Service is honoring veterans with a gift for all: free admission on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

All the hiking, scenic vistas and fresh air are yours without having to dig into your wallet at the front gate. Some time outside might help you clear your head after a very long election season.

Also in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPCCP) Montgomery Parks announces several special offerings. Click here to find out more.

 

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