In honor of Veterans Day, the National Register of Historic
Places encourages Americans to seek solace and inspiration
from the Nation's parks, monuments and memorials, many of
which are premiere listings in the National Register of Historic
Places. We are pleased to commemorate Veterans Day by showcasing
historic places listed in the National
Register, National Register publications,
National Park units, and links
to related websites that recognize and pay tribute to
Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri
Photograph courtesy of Cookiecaper, through Wikimedia.org
Kansas City, Missouri
Liberty memorial was designated the National World War One Museum of the United States. Read the story of the building of this memorial to honor those who sacrificed their lives during World War I and a remembrance of those who survived.
With Historic Places
Lesson plans that focus on American veterans,
war memorials, and modern armed forces of the United States:
The Discover our Shared Heritage series highlights
many properties that reflect the impact veterans have made in American history.
World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area
World War II dominated the social, economic and political landscapes of the mid-20th century, setting in motion momentous events that still shape the world we live in today. The communities that ring the San Francisco Bay were irrevocably altered by that wartime era and still bear its visible marks in the remains of military bases and coastal defense fortifications, ships and shipbuilding facilities, worker housing and day-care facilities. This travel itinerary highlights 31 historic places that reflect the San Francisco Bay Area's role in the "Arsenal of Democracy."
This itinerary features historic properties in Indianapolis, including the
Indiana World War Memorial Plaza Historic District. This beautiful plaza
The plaza comprises six aligned square city blocks of monumental public architecture and landscape architecture, united into a cohesive whole.
Through Hallowed Ground: Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont
features historic places in a scenic and historically rich landscape that has "soaked up more of the blood, sweat, and tears of American history than any other
part of the country," according to the late historian C. Vann Woodward. Sites
in this itinerary include Manassas National
Battlefield Park, site of the opening engagement of the Civil War, the home
of Confederate Lieutenant General Ambrose
Powell Hill, Ball's Bluff Battlefield
and National Cemetery, Culpeper National
Cemetery, and the home of General George
C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II.
During the American Revolution, the small town of Kingston, New
York, twice appeared as a key location in numerous historical accounts; once as
the meeting point for New York politicians,
and once as the focal point of British retaliation.
No other city pays as grand
a tribute to America's veterans as does our nation's capital. Historic sites such
as the Washington Monument, Lincoln
Memorial, Arlington Memorial and House,
the Marine Barracks, and the Woodrow
Wilson House, remind us of the dedication of American soldiers throughout
The Minute Man National Historical Park, located in Concord, MA,
commemorates the day when British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than eight years.
Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the significance of this event.
of Veterans Affairs (VA)
A worldwide resource that provides information on VA programs,
veterans benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical
The world's largest veterans organization was chartered by Congress
in 1919 is a community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been a voice for our nation's
veterans for more than a century and is the nation's oldest major veteran's organization.
War II Veterans
Veterans of America
War Veterans Association
Branches of the United States Military:
Air Force Museum
The oldest and largest military aviation museum in the
world, the Air Force Museum presents the exciting story of aviation development
from the days of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the Space Age.
Army Center of Military History
This office records the official history
of the Army in both peace and war, while advising the Army Staff on relevant historical
matters. See also the specific US
Army Women's Museum.
Coast Guard Historian's Office
The historian's website offers a host of
information on Coast Guard history, the Coast Guard Museum, historic documents,
publications, and a section just for kids.
Marine Corps Historical Center
Learn more about the history of the Marines.
Naval Historical Center
The official history program of the Department
of the Navy includes a museum, art gallery, research library, archives, and curator
as well as research and writing programs.
D-Day Memorial Foundation
National memorial in Bedford, Virginia, to
the Allied Forces involved in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
This congressionally chartered organization
founded in 1946 has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving
the special needs of their members.
Formed in 1920 and chartered by Congress in 1932, the
million-member DAV is the official voice of America's service-connected disabled
veterans--representing all of 2.1 million disabled America veterans, their families
National Park Service's
American Battlefield Protection Program
Promotes the preservation of significant
historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.
Museum of American Jewish Military History
This museum, run by the Jewish
War Veterans of the USA, documents, preserves and educates the public about
the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States.
Indian Participation in the US Military
American Indians have participated
with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. The
Navy highlights their involvement online in: 20th Century Warriors: Native
American Participation in the United States Military.
Professional organization for women in the military service and
Note: Image from NR Home page, Navy
bugler sounds "Taps," courtesy of The Official Web Site of the Arlington