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November 11, 2006 [LINK / comment]
Veterans Day parade 2006
Just like last year, the Veterans Day parade in Staunton was blessed with bright, sunny skies, perfect for taking photographs. There is a big difference, however, in light of the increasingly difficult situation in Iraq, and the question of how much more effort the United States should make there. This day should serve to remind us never to take lightly the sacrifices and devotion to our country shown by service men and women, and of the need for all of us to stand together in time of war or national peril. As we debate the best future course to take in Iraq, and in the broader war in defense against Arab-Islamic extremism, we must keep in mind how important it is that all of us express our deep appreciation to our soldiers, past and present. The freedom and security we enjoy thanks to them should never be taken for granted.
Some of the military veterans on parade in downtown Staunton today, most of whom belong to "The Greatest Generation." City Councilman Dickie Bell is third from the left in the second row. Roll mouse over image to see an Army band.
Additional photos, new and recent, can be seen on the new Fall 2006 photo gallery page.
Those wreaths at Arlington
Did you ever wonder where those wreaths at Arlington National Cemetary come from? The Worcester Wreath Co., an unusually patriotic enterprise that deserves wider public recognition. Hat tip to Stacey Morris, who forwarded this background info:
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maineschool kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
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