Military Tribute Day

Military Tribute Day Presented by Audi

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


In honor of the dedicated service of U.S. troops, The Washington Auto Show® is proud to present Military Tribute Day on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. With deep appreciation for their courage and commitment, The Washington Auto Show, produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), is offering FREE tickets to all active-duty military and veterans who present a valid military ID or retired ID, VA ID, or DD214 and photo ID.

“The auto industry has been a longtime supporter of our military,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of The Washington Auto Show. “We look forward to celebrating our courageous servicemen and women with this tribute.”

In addition to free admission for active-duty military and veterans, the auto show will showcase special services for this population by the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region and The Yellow Ribbon Fund.

The day will culminate with a performance by the 257th Army Band, the band of the nation’s capital. The Band of the Nation’s Capital, the 257th Army Band, boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Today, the ensemble provides musical support for the Washington, D.C. National Guard, proudly representing both the Guard and its home city throughout the world.

The American Red Cross will have a display featuring volunteers and one of its disaster response vehicles.  Also in attendance will be volunteer members of the Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs, a Star Wars costume club, who will portray characters from Star Wars.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides support to injured members of the military and their families. Support services include free transportation and lodging for family members visiting injured loved ones in the hospital, stress-relieving massages and retreats for family caregivers, financial and career planning and more than 100 social events and outings each year.

The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region seeks to fulfill on a regional level the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Not only did the “Angel of the Battlefield” risk her life tending to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, she bolstered their morale by writing letters for them to send to their families. Today’s American Red Cross workers proudly carry on this tradition through the SAF program, which serves as a critical line of communication between the U.S Armed Forces and their families.

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