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Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Military Family Appreciation Day

  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, DC (map)

All families are invited to join the National Portrait Gallery, Blue Star Families, and military veterans and their families in a day that celebrates heroes big and small! We're honoring the brave people who take care of us on the battlefront, as well as the brave men, women, and children who take care of them on the home front. Take part in art activities for all ages, including performances by bluegrass band By and By, and learn about American history with museum tours from emeritus historian David C. Ward. 

This program is in celebration of the Portrait Gallery's exhibition The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, and is presented in partnership with Blue Star Families.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Private performance of bluegrass band By & By for Blue Star Family participants
11:30 a.m. – Courtyard Opens
Noon – 1 p.m. – By & By bluegrass band performs
1 – 2 p.m. – "America’s Presidents" tour by historian emeritus David C. Ward
2 – 3 p.m. – By & By bluegrass band performs

Earlier Event: August 16
By & By and Senaca at Gypsy Sally's!
Later Event: November 18
Album Release Party!