November 11, 2006
What better way to spend Veterans Day than at the home of one local veteran. Many came to Ash Lawn-Highland for its first annual commemoration of Veterans Day.
Members of the Military Officer's Association of America teamed up with the care takers of Ash Lawn to invite the public to remember veterans and their families at the home of James Monroe. Monroe was a veteran himself, serving in the Revolutionary War.
The president of the association, Bert Page says it is important to remember those who have served not only in our life time, but in the times if Mr. Monroe's as well.
“The continental army at the time was in the business of creating a nation. We are successors to them and it was our mission to preserve that creation, so that all of our citizens can continue to enjoy it,” Page said.
“Our legacy goes back to revolutionary and pre-revolutionary, to our veteran's who helped establish this country and maintain its freedom,” Carl Hoebner a board member of the Military Officer’s Association said.
Veteran's day as we know it was made official by congress in 1954, but some say it goes un-noticed until times of war when people have personal connections such as friends and family serving.
“The current conflict in Iraq puts all of this in the forefront of people's minds, so I think there's a greater awareness of the role of the veteran, his and her contribution to our nation, our security and our freedom,” Hoebner added..
This was the first year a veteran's day celebration took place at Ash Lawn-highland
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