Travel Celebrating Veterans!


November may seem far away, but now is the time to plan for travel then that celebrates veterans!

Princess Cruises has just announced a November sailing , part of the company’s initiative, “Cruising for a Cause.” The cruise line has scheduled a cruise Nov. 5-9th open to all citizens which will support United States veterans. For each person booking, from $100 to $300 will be donated by Princess, depending on the stateroom cost. The organizations benefitting are the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront, which provides support to families of veterans and wounded warriors.

Alan Buckelew, the President and CEO of Princess Cruises, is a Vietnam veteran and he will be on board to welcome guests and host special veterans’ observances. All veterans will receive a $50 shipboard credit.

A group from North Dakota will depart for Houston Nov. 4th, a day ahead of embarkation on the Caribbean Princess at Houston’s Bayside Terminal.

The sailng includes the port of Progresso, Mexico, gateway to the incredible Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. I was there last February, and it is an exciting, fascinating and historic site.

This initiative is such a good idea that I immediately knew I wanted to support it!

Celebrate Veterans’ Day in Branson where many shows offer special musical salutes to our veterans.

Among tours offered, one is scheduled from North Dakota Nov. 9-15th. The group will visit the World War I Museum in Kansas City as well as President and Commander-in-Chief Harry Truman’s Library in Independence, Missouri. Participants will also visit the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson which honors veterans of World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.

Schedule your visit to Washington DC to include Veterans Day. A patriotic ceremony honoring America’s military members and veterans is scheduled Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a ceremony inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb. The United States Navy Band plays a patriotic concert ahead of the ceremony.

To better understand the principles our veterans have defended, start your visit at the National Archives. Here you can view the United States’ Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These precious documents are a great preparation for your tour of our nation’s capitol.

Be sure to visit the World War II Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

On the National Mall, view the exterior of the Washington Memorial, dedicated to the first famous veteran of our country! George Washington led the Continental Army to victory and later, as our listeners know, became our first President. The over 555-foot high Monument is currently under repair due to an earthquake that took place Aug. 23, 2011.

Plan ahead to honor veterans during your November, 2013 travel!


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