Today on Veterans Day, we are grateful to all those who have served to protect our country. With D.C. being the center of memorials and political actions affecting veterans, we are surrounded by remembrances of service. Here are some of the things we’ve seen in the past year:
Expansion of the Korean War Memorial
A new wall of remembrance was added to the Korean War Memorial, honoring the names of all the Americans who died in the war.
Reading of the names
This week, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, volunteers are reading the names of everyone on the memorial wall.
Honor Flights bring veterans to D.C. to visit war memorials. The non-profit program was suspended during the height of the pandemic, but has now resumed.
Burn Pit Legislation
Relief and muted celebration as Congress passed the PACT Act, expanding veterans’ health care and benefits to cover exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.
Memorial for Bob Dole
Bob Dole, a decorated WWII platoon leader and Senator, died last December. He was instrumental in the creation of the World War II Memorial and led the World War II Memorial Campaign. A service honoring him was held at the memorial.
Our thanks to all who have served.