November 13, 2012
From left—David Lacombe, US Army Ret., William Spence, US Army Ret., Naval Academy sophomore Fabio Garcia, Naval Academy freshman John Wilson, William G. Wright, Sr., US Army Ret., Bob Thompson, US Navy Ret., and Eric Clauch, US Airforce. The veterans insisted that the young naval cadets join them in the military line-up. Garcia and Wilson were both members of the Herndon Junior Naval ROTC before taking the next step in their careers at the Naval Academy.
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American Legion hosts Veterans Day Observance.
“The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Let us observe two full minutes of silence.” With those words, David Kirby, commander of Herndon-Reston American Legion Wayne M. Kidwell Post 184, opened the 2012 Veterans Day observance, addressing veterans, active duty members, town dignitaries and respectful citizens gathered on the green behind the Herndon Municipal Center. The commander was, of course, referring to 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918—the date and hour when hostilities on the Western Front of World War I officially came to an end. Originally celebrated as “Armistice Day” to remember those fallen in combat during that war, what we now call Veterans Day has evolved to honor those who made that ultimate sacrifice, and to thank all who have served and continue to do so.