Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Holiday Tomorrow

As we reflect on what happened at Fort Hood last week, let us not forget that tomorrow is Veterans Day. We live so close to Arlington National Cemetery is it often easy to forget that soldiers who are buried there died protecting Americans and American freedom. Regardless of your personal views on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I hope you will take the time to thank a veteran or current service member for their service to our great country.

Veterans Day is also a Federal Holiday. From Arlington County's Website:

All Arlington County administrative offices, courts, schools, public libraries and nature centers will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Pools are open limited hours. County offices, courts and schools will resume normal schedules on Thursday, November 12.

Curious about why Veterans Day is November 11? World War I ended on November 11, 1918. On the same date three years later an unknown soldier from that war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. November 11 eventually became the date when America honors all who have served the United States in war. The President will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown solider tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Because the Crier is late in getting this notice out,for those of you who are interested in honoring a local hero, Jim Walton, who was an AV owner until his death in June 2008 in Afghanistan, there will be a dedication of a bench in his honor tomorrow, Nov. 11 at 10:30AM at the new bench. The bench, which was purchased with the generous donations of several AV owners (not the AV Board), is located on the north side of the ravine, near Barton St.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see our residents were involved in this tribute. I saw the signs by the trash bins.

Mark said...

If anyone reading the blog has relatives associated with our military - I hope I can speak for the members of our loving (often fiesty) community in saying THANK YOU.

AV Newbie said...

Ditto. I am not a Fed so am sitting here at work, thinking about the dedication to Jim Walton and to those occurring at Arlington Cemetery and elsewhere.