Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2017 

Independence Seaport Museum honors veterans and active military in a ceremony held on Cruiser Olympia, on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017. 

Cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship afloat in the world, has played an integral role in honoring military service. One of the ship's most notable milestones was bringing the body of the Unknown Soldier home for interment in the United States from the port of Le Havre, France on October 24, 1921. This year, the Museum also recognizes the 125th anniversary of the ship's launch date, November 5, 1892.  

Family-friendly activities take place inside the Museum beginning at 10 a.m. Admission on November 11 is free for military veterans and active duty, and Museum members. Families of military members will receive a discounted rate. Activities will include crafting pinwheel poppies, writing cards to veterans to later be distributed at the ceremony, and board games that require military-like strategy. 

The Veterans Day Ceremony is free to attend. Please note that seating is limited on Cruiser Olympia. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and is expected to last for approximately an hour. We are honored to include speakers from The USS Philadelphia Sailor's Association, United States Coast Guard, Arlington National Cemetery and Chapel of Four Chaplains.  

Guided tours of Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna will be given by the Living History Crew at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join us for special tours of Cruiser Olympia's engine room, usually closed off to the public, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. $4 admission charge applies for the engine room tour. 

After the ceremony, explore Cruiser Olympia's service during World War I in our exhibit, 'World War I: USS Olympia.

The main building of Independence Seaport Museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible, including our store and restrooms. Our historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, are not currently ADA accessible.