Honoring All Who Served

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.

veteransdayVeterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

Thank you veterans!

Worth Pondering…

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.

—Randy Neugebaue

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Virginia State Parks to Honor Veterans with Special Programs

Gov. McDonnell recently announced that Virginia State Parks will continue the tradition of honoring veterans by waiving parking and admission fees for all visitors on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.

Special programs will also be offered in all 35 Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“Veterans Day is an important opportunity to honor the legacy of the one-in-eight Virginians who serve or have served in the armed forces. They deserve our eternal thanks for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom,” McDonnell said.

“In addition to special programs around the state we are pleased to offer free admission to Virginia’s State Parks for all visitors on November 11, in recognition of the valiant service of our veterans. This is a small gesture of appreciation for the women and men who have given so much to defend our liberty and freedom. I encourage Virginians to visit a state park and discover first-hand our Commonwealth’s beauty and wonders.”

Flag retirement ceremonies will be held at Caledon in King George, Chippokes Plantation in Surry, Douthat in Millboro, Fairy Stone in Stuart, First Landing in Virginia Beach, Grayson Highlands in Mouth of Wilson, Hungry Mother in Marion, James River in Gladstone, Kiptopeke in Cape Charles, New River Trail in Foster Falls, and Natural Tunnel in Duffield.

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park in Rice will light 500 luminaries and host guided battlefield walks. The personal accounts of Civil War veterans from the Battle of Staunton River Bridge will be read at Staunton River Battlefield in Randolph. Storytellers will detail military service from the Revolutionary War to the current war against terrorism in a nighttime campfire program at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton.

Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane and the Friends of Sky Meadows State Park will  host a 5K walk-a-thon to support the Wounded Warrior Project. There will be prizes for the highest pledge amounts. Music by the Carolina Mountain Band and a guest speaker will round out the activities.

Leesylvania State Park

Visitors to Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge are invited to create a temporary wall of honor by providing a photograph of a friend or family member who served in the military.

Belle Isle State Park & Pocahontas State Park

Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster and Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield will hold workshops to create care packages for patients of McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond.

Westmoreland State Park

Local VFW posts and American Legion chapters will hold a special Veterans Day flag ceremony at Westmoreland State Park in Montross.

Wilderness Road State Park

Re-enactors will honor those who have served, from the Revolutionary War to present day with a passing of historical flags at Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing.

Details

Virginia State Parks

You’ll find plenty of programs, events, and activities at Virginia’s 35 state parks—thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, more than 500 miles of trails, and convenient access to Virginia’s major waterways. Beaches, picnic shelters, family lodges, meeting facilities, festivals, concerts, nature programs, cultural happenings… the list goes on and on.

From Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, there’s something for everyone at Virginia State Parks. Whether you’re after a relaxing picnic or a two-week vacation, leave life’s daily pressures behind and reconnect with nature and your family at a nearby state park.

Virginia State Parks are open year-round and, with the changing foliage and special programs, fall is fast becoming a popular time to visit.

Address: 203 Governor Street, Suite 306, Richmond, VA 23219-2094

Phone: (800) 933-PARK (7275)

Website: dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks

Worth Pondering…

On the whole, I find nothing anywhere else…which Virginia need envy.

—Thomas Jefferson

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: November 11

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Honoring All Who Served

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

Thank you veterans!

2. Selecting a Campsite Checklist

  • Is the site long enough?
  • Is the site wide enough?
  • Is the site relatively level?
  • Will I be able to extend all slides?
  • Will I be able to extend the awning?
  • Will I be able to open all bins?
  • Will I be able to obtain a satellite signal?
  • Do I want the afternoon or morning sun?
  • Where are the utilities located?
  • Where is the closest WiFi tower

3. Fan-Tastic Vent Garners Sixth Newmar Award

Imlay City, Michigan-based Fan-Tastic Vent was honored on October 27 by Newmar Corp. with the 2011 “Top Ten” Vendor Award. This was the sixth time the company has received the award, in addition to previously being named Vendor of the Year.

Commercial Manager Trey Miller, noted, “On behalf of the entire team at Fan-Tastic Vent, we are honored to once again receive this award. We feel that developing a true partnership with our customers allows us to provide an unparalleled level of service and support, while offering the highest quality products.”

Fan-Tastic Vent invented the high powered ventilator for RVs over 25 years ago.

4. The one hour rest stop walk-around

Visually inspect your tow hitch connections and check for overheated and low tires every time you stop at a rest stop or refueling location. Pranksters have been known to remove pins from the hitch. Perform a walk-around that covers these visual points:

  • Check tow bar or hitch and safety cables
  • Ensure that hitch pins or bolts are still in place
  • Check to ensure that the wiring harness is connected securely
  • Tires have normal inflation pressure
  • Look under the chassis for signs of oil or coolant leaks
  • Check storage bay doors

5. Carefree Resorts Snowbird Promotion

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Carefree RV Resorts in Florida are offering snowbirds free rent in November and December, provided they pay for January, February, and March up front.

“This offer only applies to snowbirds who haven’t stayed with us before,” Stephanie Martin, a Carefree spokeswoman, stated in a news release. The special offer does not cover taxes and electricity charges.

Carefee is offering the promotion as part of an ongoing effort to step up its competition with other RV resorts in Florida that cater to snowbirds. “We think this offer will help us entice snowbirds who haven’t stayed with us before,” Martin said.

Carefree has more than 25 RV resorts in Florida, including the Florida Keys. All properties have a wide variety of amenities including, clubhouse, swimming pool and planned activities programs.

Carefree RV Resorts offers a wide variety of RV campgrounds throughout Florida, Texas, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts for every type of RV vacation. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.
—Isabelle Eberhardt

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