Dedication | National Native Veterans Memorial
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DEDICATION

National Native American Veterans Memorial

November 11, 2020

Design by Harvey Pratt/Butzer Architects and Urbanism, illustration by Skyline Ink,
 courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Celebrate the Dedication of the Smithsonian's First National Memorial and the First to Honor the Service of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in the U.S. Armed Forces

This historic moment begins on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, with a Native Veterans procession, a dedication ceremony, and a concert, followed by a multi-day celebration that will include access to the memorial, exhibition tours, and cultural performances.

Please visit this page for regular updates on the memorial and dedication, and for logistical information related to dedication events.

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Members of the Ton-Kon-Gah, or Kiowa Black Leggings Society, discuss what it means to be a veteran before the start of a ceremony in memory of those who fought. Photo by Nicole Tung.

Native Veterans' Procession Registration

Dedication for the National Native American Veterans Memorial will begin with a Native veterans' procession leading into the dedication ceremony and memorial opening.

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Native American Women Warriors lead the grand entry during a powow in Pueblo, Colorado, June 14, 2014. Photo by Nicole Tung.

Performance Registration

Groups will have the opportunity to perform at the museum to honor Native veterans. Performances will take place from Wednesday, November 11, to Sunday, November 15.

To learn more about these performances and to submit your application, see the link below. 

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Horace Poolaw kneels in front of a P-40 Warhawk. Photo by Horace Poolaw. Courtesy of the estate of Horace Poolaw.

FAQ

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Is the procession route accessible for veterans with mobility concerns?
We are working to ensure that the route is accessible for those with mobility concerns. Please specify any concerns or accommodations in your registration form. The procession route does cross uneven terrain such as grass, street pavement, and fine gravel. Participants with limited mobility or who need assistance are encouraged to bring or arrange to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter.

Can I assist a veteran during the procession?
Yes, if a veteran needs assistance, a companion is welcome to accompany them in the procession. Additional attendees will be able to watch the procession from designated viewing areas along the route.

Will procession participants have a viewing of the area of the dedication ceremony?
Yes, the procession will lead into the dedication ceremony. Those participating in the procession will have an area reserved where they can view the ceremony.

Where can I get information about local hotels?
The National Museum of the American Indian does not have designated room blocks at any area hotels, but a list of local hotels and their contact information can be found here.

Will hospitality be provided?

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to procession participants as they gather and wait for the procession to begin. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided after the procession and ceremony for procession participants.

Image of National Native American Veterans Memorial rendering, view from entrace pathway.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial, view from the pathway. Design by Harvey Pratt/Butzer Architects and Urbanism, illustration by Skyline Ink, courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

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As commissioned by Congress, the museum will establish a National Native American Veterans Memorial on its grounds in the heart of Washington, D.C. This memorial will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans, and symbolize the country's respect for their service and patriotism. Native people have served in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces since the American Revolution and continue to do so.

We honor those who devote themselves to defending our nation, especially the exceptional military service performed by Native Americans.

This memorial carries the heavy responsibility of respectfully acknowledging these veterans, raising awareness of their service among generations, and reminding all Americans of our national obligation to honor this inspired legacy.

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For additional information regarding dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, please contact the Office of Special Events at the National Museum of the American Indian at NNAVMDedication@si.edu or 202-633-7020.

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