Veterans Day

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Welcome to the Wisconsin's Veterans Day Observance

Veterans here in Wisconsin and across the country, each and every person who donned the uniform of a soldier, marine, sailor, airman, coast guardsman, and Space Force guardians… whether they served on the beaches of Europe, in the jungles of Asia, the deserts of the Middle East, or here at home… wherever they served, they deserve our gratitude, on November 11th and every day.

This year’s Veterans Day we honor the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Located at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from Wor​ld War I. Over the past century, additional unknowns have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning. ​

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has joined forces with the Madison Veterans Council to host a Veterans Day ceremony​ in the Wisconsin State Capitol this year. The ceremony will begin at 10:00am and conclude with a moment of silence at 11:00am.  We'd be honored if you would join us. For those unable to attend but who wish to watch the ceremony, it will air LIVE on the Wisconsin Eye at​​. ​

Video Tributes and Messages

Join Governor Tony Evers, Veterans Secretary Mary K​olar, elected officials, and Veterans Service Organizations honor all of those who have worn the uniform.

Learn About and Share Veteran Stories

We invite you to share your #WisVetsStory, photos, and to also learn more about the veterans that have helped shape the spirit of this country. Create an oral history (or read someone else's) with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and watch the awarding of the 2021 Women Veteran of the Year.