Veterans Day

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Welcome to the Wisconsin's Virtual 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 or coast guardsman … 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, given that we are unable to gather and we are observing this important day from home, we are asking you to go beyond a “thank you for your service" and spend some time delving into the stories of Wisconsin's veterans that are the backbone of our society. Below you will find resources and activities to learn more about Wisconsin veterans who served throughout history, opportunities to engage with and share the story of the veterans in their lives today, and tools to help express your appreciation for the service of veterans from the safety of your homes. We are confident you will learn something new and perhaps find inspiration and strength from what you hear.  

Virtual Observances

Join Governor Tony Evers and Veterans Secretary Mary Kolar for an e-Ceremony that honors Wisconsin's veterans. Learn more about the 2020 Woman Veteran of the Year and her important contributions to her community. Finally, hear from leaders of Wisconsin's veterans organizations as well as elected officials about what Veterans Day means to them.​


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) and meet the veterans (or those who are proud of a veteran in their life) who serve you at the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Get Social

Download the App and join us at 11:00 am as we sound the Bells of Peace, a national bell tolling program in remembrance of the moment when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled on the Western Front… on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour. Find and support local and specialized events throughout Wisconsin.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) has compiled a nationwide list of events and promotions.  Click here​ to see the full listing.