NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL
Honoring the Military Service of Native Americans
Dedication Ceremony and Native Veterans Procession
Veterans Day, November 11, 2022
Join the museum in honoring the exceptional military service of Native Americans in a formal dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The dedication and processional will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans and their families.
Native veterans are invited to participate in a procession along the National Mall from the museum to the ceremony stage in front of the US Capitol. Registration is open to individual veterans and veterans groups. Family members, friends, and communities are encouraged to honor participating veterans from viewing areas along the procession route. The procession will be livestreamed.
The Dedication Ceremony on the National Mall will include a veterans seating area and standing room for the public. The ceremony will be livestreamed.
November 11 | 10 AM–8 PM
November 12 | 10 AM–5:30 PM
November 13 | 10 AM–5:30 PM
Celebrations at the museum will include hands-on activities, films in the Rasmuson Theater, performances in the Potomac Atrium, and a veterans hospitality suite.
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Prayer ties are used by many Native people as a symbol of spirituality. Some may contain tobacco and be tied as a bundle, others are strips of cloth. Visitors to the memorial are welcome to bring and tie prayer cloths to the memorial lances. When tying a prayer cloth, please do not touch or remove other prayer cloths.
Dedication and Procession FAQs
Will the museum offer volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups who want to help with the dedication?
Yes, there will be opportunities to volunteer for the events. Contact the Office of Special Events at NNAVMDedication@si.edu for more information and available opportunities.
Will any of these events or programs be livestreamed?
Yes, the Veterans Procession and Dedication Ceremony will be livestreamed. Continue to check this site for updates and the livestream link.
What are the current health and safety guidelines for traveling to Washington, DC?
Health and safety guidelines are continuously updated; please see Visit for current information.
Will I need a ticket to attend the dedication celebration?
No, the Veterans Procession and Dedication Ceremony are public programs.
Will the dedication celebration be accessible?
The Veterans Procession route and Dedication Ceremony will take place on the National Mall. The Mall is accessible although access to the seating area does go over rock paths and grass.
Accessibility information for these events will be updated as planning continues. Additional accessibility information and resources are available for planning visits to the museum and the Smithsonian.
Native Veterans Procession
Who can participate?
Native veterans and veterans groups are invited to participate. Registration is required. For veterans who need assistance, companions may accompany them in the procession. Family members, friends, community members, and additional attendees are encouraged to honor participating veterans by cheering them on from designated viewing areas along the procession route.
Where is the procession route?
The proposed procession route is the square area along the Mall adjacent to the NMAI and the National Gallery of Art.
How long is the procession route?
The route is approximately seven-tenths (.7) of a mile.
How can attendees watch the Veterans Procession?
The procession route will have standing areas for spectators to watch the procession. The procession will also be livestreamed; check this site for updates and the livestream link.
Does the museum have hotel room blocks or preferred hotels for veterans groups participating in the procession?
No, individuals and groups participating in the procession will make their own arrangements directly with area hotels. Destination DC is a resource for those seeking information on places to stay.
How can attendees watch the Dedication Ceremony?
There will be standing area on the National Mall located behind the designated areas for veterans.
The ceremony will also be livestreamed; check this site for updates and the livestream link.
Will there be seating for the general public?
There will be limited seating in the general public area, and the museum respectfully asks that these seats remain available for those needing accommodations.
Memorial Activities Around Dedication
I’d like to leave a military metal or other object at the memorial. What is the offerings policy?
The museum does not keep or acquire any offerings left at the memorial. Offerings left are disposed of respectfully in an appropriate manner, including Native American cultural practices for organic offerings. No offerings are photographed, catalogued, or otherwise documented.
My group would like to bring a wreath to the memorial and have a ceremony. What is the wreath laying policy?
Groups may place a wreath at the memorial during the Dedication Ceremony. The wreaths may be removed from the memorial area and placed in the adjacent welcome plaza to ensure accessibility to the memorial.
The museum does not have a recommended florist and/or staff available to accept a delivery from a florist. Groups wishing to lay a wreath at the museum are responsible for making all arrangements.
Can I or a group conduct an honor song at the memorial?
Due to capacity limitations, during the dedication weekend we respectfully ask that honor songs and ceremonies are conducted in a designated area to ensure the safety of guests visiting the memorial.
I’d like to conduct a smudging or sage burning at the memorial.
Due to capacity limitations, during the dedication weekend we respectfully ask that smudging or sage burning is conducted in a designated area to ensure the safety of guests visiting the memorial.
Will the gift shop stock books/items/materials about the Veterans Memorial?
Yes, the Roanoke Museum Store has a variety of publications and branded retail available for purchase. The shop does not carry wreaths, florals, prayer ties, or other materials for offerings.
All photos by Matailong Du for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian