Thursday, November 15, 2012
World War II veteran shares his story at school's annual Veterans Day assembly.
World War II veteran Steacy Hicks shares his story with students at Sunrise Valley Elementary School at the school's annual Veterans Day program on Monday. The event also featured performances by the school chorus and the South Lakes High School Color Guard.
Monday, November 12, 2012
President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day.
President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. Here is an excerpt of the president's remarks: On behalf of the American people, I say to you that the memory of your loved one carries on not just in your hearts, but in ours as well. And I assure you that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. For it is in that sacrifice that we see the enduring spirit of America. Since even before our founding, we have been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have always come forward to serve. Whenever America has come under attack, you’ve risen to her defense. Whenever our freedoms have come under assault, you’ve responded with resolve. Time and again, at …
A bit of trivia about the annual holiday that honors those who fought for our freedom.
Veterans Day, which originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, began on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and in 1938, Nov. 11 became the annual date. This year, Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the holiday’s name to Veterans Day to honor all those who served in any American war. The day is marked by parades and speeches across the nation, including a national ceremony that takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. 21.5 million — The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011. Source: 2011 American Community Survey 1.6 million – The …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
What's open and what's closed for Veterans Day. The traditional observance is Sunday, but the national holiday will be Monday.
Americans will pause to remember those who have fought for our country on Nov. 12, a day later than the traditional Veterans Day. The national ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery takes place at 11 a.m. on Sunday as Nov. 11 is the traditional Veterans Day (since Nov. 11 is a Sunday, Nov. 12 will be bank and national holiday). If you are planning to attend, organizers say to arrive early to get through security. Here is a look at what is open and what is closed Monday in Fairfax County. County Government – Closed. Courts – Closed. Public Schools and School Offices – Open. Library – Closed Sunday and Monday. Fairfax Connector – Operating a holiday weekday schedule. Routes with weekday service operate according to the weekday schedule …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Famed Tuskegee Airmen reflect on service during WWII.
The president placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and offered remarks at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater on Friday.
President Barack Obama, in his remarks Friday at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater, compared today’s servicemen and women to the Greatest Generation that faced the hardships of World War II. Obama also noted the upcoming holidays would serve as a season of homecomings following the end of the war in Iraq and the anticipated withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. Over the next five years, 1 million troops will return to civilian life. “This generation of service members – this 9/11 Generation – has borne the burden of our security during a hard decade of sacrifice. Our servicemen and women make up less than 1 percent of Americans, but also more than 1 million military spouses and 2 million children and millions more…
Did you serve in the military? Then check out some of these great specials Friday.
FREE MEALS/DISCOUNTS Applebee’s: Free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/. Chili’s: Free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on Nov. 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active …
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Life lessons, personal pride come from their military experience.
Veterans Day means something special to 12 South Lakes High School teachers who served in the military. As part of a week's worth of Veterans Day events at South Lakes, the teachers who served in the military conducted an informal panel discussion with two groups of students Wednesday. Veterans on the South Lakes staff include Bob Smith (physics, geo science teacher; served 2 tours in Vietnam); Lynne Gober (biology teacher; served 23 years in the Air National Guard as an Inspector General); Mike Agunsday (US Government teacher; attached to the US army 7th Cavalry through the State Department INR); Alex Turner (social studies teacher; served as a Navy Service warfare officer). Sharing the table with the South Lakes faculty members was a …