The Annual Salute to Service Week to Kick Off at 9/11 Memorial

Members of the U.S. Air Force drill team outfitted in navy blue dress uniforms stand in two identical rows with rifles, while two members stand side-by-side in the foreground saluting away from the other members. In the background is the green lawn of the 9/11 Memorial plaza and trees that have begun to change color for the fall.
U.S. Air Force drill team performing at the 9/11 Memorial during Salute to Service in 2017. Photo by Jin S. Lee.

This year, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s annual Salute to Service week will take place from Friday, November 8, to Thursday, November 14. This tribute will include a series of events and programs honoring U.S. service members, veterans, and their families.

During Salute to Service, veterans will receive free Museum admission and half-price Museum tickets for themselves and up to two family members. For the first time, ticketing for Salute to Service will be accommodated through reservations on When reserving tickets, veterans will need to provide their name, email, military branch, and years of service. Tickets can be reserved here. A limited amount of walk-up tickets will also be available at the Museum box office.

Salute to Service will also include previews of a new special exhibition Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, which details the decade-long search for the leader of al-Qaeda. Veterans, active military members, and their families will have all-day access to the exhibition on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 14.

Families visiting the Museum during Salute to Service will also have the opportunity to take part in educational, art-based activities related to the military in the Museum’s Education Center. Children and their families will be able to create special tribute flowers and write postcards to military heroes.

On Veterans Day, yellow roses will be placed on the 9/11 Memorial in the names of victims of the 9/11 and 1993 attacks who served in the military. Volunteers from Team RWB, a veterans’ assistance nonprofit, will assist with this meaningful gesture.

Additionally, the Museum will open at 8 a.m. to accommodate the veteran and military community participating in the Veterans Day Parade.

Learn more about Salute to Service and other initiatives for U.S. service members and veterans at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

By Michael Galati, 9/11 Memorial

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