Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission
Tribute to Veterans
"Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War"

1.  How do I get to the University of Richmond's Robins Center?


The address of the UR Robins Center is:

23B Boatwright Drive 
University of Richmond

Richmond, VA 23173


Driving directions are here

University of Richmond campus map is here (Building 23A)



2.  What time should I arrive?  What should I bring with me?


Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive before 9:15 a.m. to ensure that you are seated when the program begins. Music from a contingent of the Virginia Military Institute Regimental Band will begin at 9:15 a.m. You do not need a ticket or form for entry.


General attendees will check in on the concourse level of the Robins Center, using the North Entrance, next to the Robins Stadium.


WWII veterans will check in on the lower level of the Robins Center (basketball court level).


3.  Where do I park?

General parking is in lot B5, directly across the street from the Robins Center. 


Overflow parking will be available in lot B7. Coming from the direction of Three Chopt Road on Boatwright Drive, turn right onto New Fraternity Row to access lot B7 (just past the Robins Center and lot B5).


Veteran parking is in lot B6 AUX. Turn into the lower entrance to the Robins Center (not the entrance facing the Robins Stadium). There will be a drop-off area directly in front of the Robins Center’s doors. Lot B6 AUX is immediately past the drop-off area and to the right. Veterans will receive a parking placard to display on the dashboard.


Handicapped-accessible parking is in lot B4. Coming from the direction of Three Chopt Road on Boatwright Drive, turn left into the circle immediately past the Robins Stadium, at the Robins Center’s North Entrance. Go through the circle to access lot B4. Handicap overflow parking will be in B5 along the hedges and the grass hillside by the dorms. We recommend that all WWII veterans park in lot B6 AUX, which is reserved for veterans and is on the same level as the entrance that veterans will use. (Permit required)

See also University of Richmond Campus Map.

4.  What are lunch options?


Boxed lunches will be available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis following the program (choice of ham, turkey, or vegetarian wrap). Please be sure to register so that we can plan for lunches accordingly.   



5.  How long does the program last?


"Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War - A Tribute to WWII Veterans" begins with music by a contingent of the Virginia Military Institute Regimental Band at 9:15 a.m. 


The Honor Parade of WWII Veterans begins at 9:30 a.m.


It is anticipated that the program will end by 11:30 a.m.



6.  How do I register?


Register online here or download and print registration forms for:  

WWII veterans

General attendees

Active-duty service members 



7.  I'm an active-duty member of the Armed Services and would like to volunteer to serve as an escort to a WWII veteran during this program.  How do I sign up?


We sincerely appreciate your service and your willingness to volunteer during the Tribute to WWII Veterans.  Register online here or by downloading and printing a registration form



8.  I'd like to bring a group.  How do I register them?


Please register each member of the group individually online or by downloading and printing a registration form (See #4, above, for link to forms)

9.  Is there special information for WWII veterans?


This is your tribute and we are honored to have you attend!  Please plan to check in at the lower level (basketball court level) of the Robins Center on Thursday, December 8 by 8:45 a.m. Your family will be escorted to their seats and WWII veterans will be paired with an active-duty military escort for the Parade of Honor. Escorts will remain with veterans throughout the program, which is scheduled to conclude by 11:30 a.m. 


The Parade of Honor will process up the center aisle, where WWII veterans will receive a commemorative coin. Veterans will be seated in front with military escorts, and friends and family will be seated in reserved rows nearby, unless other seating for veterans is requested.

10. Where can I stay in Richmond?


We're so glad that you are planning to come to Richmond for the program! A number of area hotels are offering special rates to attendees of the Tribute to Veterans.  


See Visit Richmond for a comprehensive listing of hotels, dining, and activities in the Richmond region.



11.  What else can I do while I'm in Richmond?

There is so much to see and do!  There are a number of special programs occurring in connection with the Tribute to WWII Veterans.  


Be sure to check the Statewide Calendar of Events, listing of Places to Visit in Virginia related to WWI and WWII, and plan your visit through Visit Richmond and Virginia is for Lovers.


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