To the Editor:
For some, Memorial Day meant a weekend of shopping, catching sales, BBQ cookouts and gatherings of families, friends and neighbors.
The red, white and blue Old Glory speaks volumes in honoring our men and women in uniform who preserve the freedom so many hold so dearly and close to heart. Many gave their lives for our country and deserve our thanks.
My way of saying thanks is to write about the rock in my neighborhood with a special meaning. At the Veterans Memorial Walkway along the bike path of the 500 block of South Columbus Street and Wilkes Street sits this rock with a plaque that reads: “Dedicated to the City of Alexandria and Alexandria's Veterans' Organizations on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, 1979, in honored memory of the deceased Alexandria Veterans of all the United States wars. Their service in war and peace contributed greatly to the welfare of their fellow citizens. Charles E. Beatley, Jr., Mayor; Robert L. Calhoun, Vice Mayor; Donald C. Casey, Councilman; Margaret B. Inman, Councilwoman; Nelson E. Greener, Sr., Councilman; James P. Moran, Jr., Councilman; Carlyle C. Ring, Jr., Councilman.
“In honor of all our veterans and men and women in uniform who have served and fought for our country, let them not be forgotten.”