Veterans Day observed in Bath County
The Bath County Band was present for a Veterans Day event at the Old Dairy. (Recorder photos by Austin Hall)Dr. Scott Crosby of Bath Community Hospital was the main speaker at the event. Crosby spoke of the importance of remembering those who gave so much to protect what rights Americans have today. He also broughttherecorderonline.com
Experts: Dallas air show crash may lead to more safety rules
While the cause of a deadly collision between two vintage military aircraft at a Dallas air show to commemorate Veterans Day remains unknown, experts said Monday that the accident will likely renew discussion over whether additional safety rules are needed for such events. Safety recommendations made following aircraft accidents at similar events have focused on protecting spectators, pilot medical fitness and aircraft maintenance. On Monday, officials identified the six men killed Saturday when a World War II-era bomber and a fighter plane collided and crashed in a ball of flames at the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas show.news.yahoo.com
Kathie Lee Gifford celebrates Veterans Day by remembering her late father: ‘I know how fragile life is’
Kathe Lee Gifford's father, Aaron Epstein, passed away in 2002, at age 78, of Lewy body dementia. The patriarch served in the Navy for 20 years. The former "Today" co-host is remembering him.foxnews.com
Military recruits receive full-tuition scholarships to ROTC schools at New York Jets game: ‘Truly grateful’
At the New York Jets' annual Salute to Service game on Nov. 6, 2022, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, four Army recruits were each surprised with major scholarships to ROTC schools.foxnews.com
Jeff Bezos would pay over $5 billion a year under Warren's wealth tax
The tax would be a 2% annual levy on wealth over $50 million and 3% on wealth over $1 billion. Warren often argues that since the wealth tax rate is 2%, "it's only two cents on every dollar after $50 million." "A wealth tax would be plagued with many administrative and compliance problems as well as avoidance and evasion issues. It would be an enormous administrative challenge to implement, and it is not clear, even with more resources, that the IRS would be able to collect a wealth tax efficiently." This version of the wealth tax covers all of your property.cnbc.com
The Spin: Mayor Lightfoot says she apologized to Anjanette Young | Kenosha cop won’t face charges in Blake shooting | Today’s Georgia special elections to determine balance of power in U.S. Senate
“‘My understanding, based upon, and I don’t have any contemporaneous recollection of any of this, I was out of the office for most of that day, it was Veterans Day — many, many events that day — but my understanding from looking at the emails is that I was informed that Ms. Young was going to be getting the videos the next day,’ Lightfoot said. ‘Now apparently, that obviously didn’t happen, but that wasn’t something that was brought to me. So I don’t think it’s correct to say I received a detailed briefing.’” Read the rest of the story here.chicagotribune.com
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she apologized to Anjanette Young during their private meeting
“My understanding, based upon, and I don’t have any contemporaneous recollection of any of this, I was out of the office for most of that day, it was Veterans Day — many, many events that day — but my understanding from looking at the emails is that I was informed that Ms. Young was going to be getting the videos the next day,” Lightfoot said. “Now apparently, that obviously didn’t happen, but that wasn’t something that was brought to me. So I don’t think it’s correct to say I received a detailed briefing.”chicagotribune.com
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From left, Bath County Historical Society president Richard Armstrong gave remarks during a Veterans Day observance at the World War I monument at the top of Bath House Hill while VFW post 4204 members Johnny Kershner, Kevin McNally and Bruce Puhle presented the colors. See story and additional photos, page 10-11. (Recorder photo by Mike Bollinger) ...therecorderonline.com
Jeff Bezos names first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund for combating climate change
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday announced the first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund. Bezos announced 16 initial recipients of the Earth Fund who will receive $791 million in donations. The $791 million worth of grants issued Monday is "just the beginning" of the Earth Fund's $10 billion commitment, Bezos said. In September, Amazon announced the first recipients of its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund, which is designed to invest in "sustainable and decarbonizing technologies." Here's the full list of Earth Fund recipients and the donations they'll receive:cnbc.com
The Latest: Aide says Biden will appoint 'COVID coordinator'
Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience across. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):10:45 p.m.Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain says President-elect Joe Biden will appoint a “COVID coordinator” who will lead the administration’s pandemic response. ___3:25 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden has spoken with the top two Democrats in Congress — but not their Republican counterparts yet. ___1 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden has spoken by phone with Pope Francis as he continues to talk with leaders around the world. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest.
Meet the Salem World War II veteran who survived Iwo Jima
SALEM, Va. – Wednesday was Veterans Day, the day we as a nation give thanks to those who serve. In Salem, there’s one World War II veteran still spending his days on his front porch overlooking the mountain views. Bob Craighead joined the Marines at just 16 years old, and on this Veterans Day in 2020, decades later, he hasn’t forgotten. He fought in Iwo Jima, coming home from the Pacific with a Purple Heart, just one of the few in his unit to survive. “I am sure am proud of the fact that I enlisted in the Marine Corps and I thoroughly enjoyed that," Craighead said.
Amherst County vet offers Veterans Day discount at his shoeshine business
“It was my passion to do something for those out here that serve in our community, our country,” Butler said. The retired U.S. army sergeant opened his Shine ‘N’ Up shoeshine business in September, inside his daughters' Madison Heights barbershop. Butler offers affordable prices and discounts for veterans and first responders; and being that Wednesday was Veterans Day, he offered half off to show his appreciation for their service. “The veterans that spent their lives, so we could have freedom, means a lot,” Butler said. “It means a lot to me that God has seen me this far.”Honoring the military not just on Veterans Day, but every day because it’s in his soul -- and in his soles.
Group observes Veterans Day at Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A group braved the rain to observe Veterans Day in front of Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace. They closed Church Street for the event featuring a wreath laying, tolling of the bell, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. The Lynchburg Area Veterans Council sponsored the event, which also included guest speakers. “They volunteered to risk their very lives, not for fame, not for fortune, but only to serve our nation,” said Air Force veteran Glenn Spears. The group meets at Monument Terrace every Friday afternoon to honor veterans.
Not just a day off: A look at the origins of Veterans Day
BEDFORD, Va. – Every November, for more than a century, Americans have recognized Veterans Day as a time to honor and thank veterans. “Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in uniform," said John Long, director of education for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Long said Veterans Day goes back to the end of World War II, specifically November 11, 1918. One that day, Long said, "The guns fell silent in Europe. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially renamed the day “Veterans Day” to be inclusive to all veterans.
Blue Ridge Fudge Lady continues her Veterans Day giveaway tradition
PULASKI, Va. – A Pulaski County confectionary delivered free sweet treats to servicemembers on Veterans Day. Robin Burdette’s business, Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, handed out fudge to more than 75 veterans this year. I’m grateful.”Burdette received help from dozens of volunteer delivery people in Pulaski County, including Sheriff Mike Worrell and Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith. “Having the opportunity to go out, talk to our veterans, and show our appreciation, it’s just an awesome experience," said Worrell. “People here are actually taking that next step to actually show veterans support and do something to help them," Griffith said.
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The Highlanders Camp 1530 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Highland County Courthouse. The group gathered to put flags up at the Confederate Cemetery in advance of Veterans Day this week. Pictured from left are: G.W. Obaugh, Dave Rose, George Wilson Jr. (foreground), Joseph “Joe” Rose (background), John Vinson, Sherman Taylor, Charles “Bucky” Smith, and Larry Bandy. (Photo courtesy George Wilson Jr.) ...therecorderonline.com
Meet this Army captain, recently presented with Bronze Star Medal after deployment during pandemic
How familiar are you with what military members do, day in and day out? Of course, all military members deserve our recognition for voluntarily raising a hand and going to bat for our country and our freedom. (Provided by Maximillian Boudreaux)Amid the uncertain times that go hand in hand with a global pandemic, Woodbury was sent overseas. “The mission is to help sustain logistics and maintenance support operations in Iraq -- more so to help the Iraqi Army sustain themselves,” Woodbury said. It was the support of my team that enabled me to obtain that Bronze Star,” Woodbury said.
Local Korean War Veteran remembers her time in the WAVES
ROANOKE, Va. – Women can now serve in every branch of the military but that wasn’t always the case. She added on one more year of service and moved to Hawaii, serving during the Korean War. For this Navy Veteran, serving our country is not something she takes lightly. She continued serving when she got out of the Navy and went to school on the GI Bill in Hawaii. She moved back to Roanoke, where she taught school for 27 years finishing at Monterrey Elementary School.
Cadets celebrate 181 years at Virginia Military Institute
LEXINGTON, Va – One of the nation’s top military institution’s Founder’s Day just so happens to coincide with Veterans Day. Despite the rainy weather, dozens of cadets came together to celebrate nearly two hundred years of tradition at Virginia Military Institute. On November 11, 1839, the first cadet took guard for the first time at Virginia Military Institute. “We had all 10 companies plus the band represented the officers of each company were here as well as five cadets from each company,” Wyatt said. VMI has certainly changed and faced challenges over the years, but cadets and faculty believe the institute is moving in the right direction.
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets stand watch for Veterans Day vigil
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets continued its somber Veterans Day tradition this year. Two cadets started standing watch at the university’s War Memorial at midnight on Veterans Day. The cadets change shifts every hour, with cadets continually guarding the Pylons for 48 hours. He said the experience was humbling, especially being surrounded by the names of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni killed in the line of duty. The solemn nature of it.”According to the Corps of Cadets, the tradition dates back to the 1980s.
10 mental health, support group resources for veterans across the region
At 10 News, we want to do our part in helping our local veterans gather resources. Below are resources ranging from mental health resources to support groups for America’s veterans:Mental Health ResourcesWe acknowledge that our veterans go through the ultimate sacrifice for America and with that comes some hardships. Here are some mental health clinics, contact information and other resources for those in need of professional help. Support GroupsThese organizations have support groups for veterans searching for people to talk to that can relate to previous experiences. New River Valley National Alliance in Mental Illness: They have locations in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County and Radford.
Veterans Day in 2020: quiet parades, somber virtual events
Residents and staff listen to the national anthem during a socially-distanced Veterans Day ceremony at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Boulder City, Nev. With infections raging again nationwide, several veterans homes are fighting new outbreaks. At the annual Veterans Day gathering at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, many participants wore masks and kept their distance from others. “Veterans Day looks a lot different this year than it has in the past,” said Andy Patterson, commander of the Disabled American Veterans of New Hampshire. Ninety-eight veterans have died from COVID-19 in Missouri’s seven veterans homes since Sept. 1, and Gov.
Retired Gen. Petraeus to Trump: Act quickly on election suits 'if you really care for the country'
Gen. David Petraeus urged President Donald Trump on Veterans Day not to drag out his election lawsuits and to allow transition planning to begin in the meantime. "If you really care for the country, at the very least, exhaust these legal challenges as quickly as is absolutely possible, ideally by early next week," Petraeus said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "This is not just about this election, but every election in the future." I don't favor either party, but I do favor the country," said Petraeus, chairman of KKR Global Institute. "He used to tell the battalion and brigade commanders, 'If you really love your unit, if you really care for it, you will suppress your ego, you'll let your successor into the organization before you even leave, before the change of command,'" he said.cnbc.com
What’s News Today: COVID testing, Veterans Day
Part of Church street near Monument Terrace will be closed today for the annual Veterans Day observance. The Veterans Day program begins at 11 a.m. Governor Ralph Northam will pay tribute to our Veterans today. He will speak at 11 a.m. at the 64th annual Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony in Richmond. The National D-Day Memorial will commemorate Veterans Day virtually.
Jim Cramer promotes hiring military veterans: 'It's good business'
On the eve of Veterans Day, Jim Cramer hosted his annual "Salute to Service" special on "Mad Money." "That's why tonight we're celebrating the companies that go out of their way to hire vets. Cramer referenced efforts by companies like Starbucks, JPMorgan, Amazon and Home Depot, who have combined hired more than 100,000 veterans, and some military spouses, within the last seven years. Campbell Soup is another company that has focused on efforts to hire military vets. "I can tell you that there are so many attributes of military veterans and what they can bring to corporate America," Clouse said.cnbc.com
31 freebies and deals for Veterans Day 2020
Many businesses and companies even offer veterans and active-duty military members freebies or discounts as a way to say thank you. Also, most of these places typically require proof of military service in order to cash in on the deal or handout. Starbucks: All veterans, active service members and their spouses will receive a free tall hot brewed coffee at participating stores. Texas Roadhouse: The roadhouse is offering free lunch for active members and veterans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. This includes veterans, active military members and their families.
With Virginia’s Veterans Parade canceled, WSLS 10 will honor heroes with special broadcast
ROANOKE, Va. – Virginia’s Veterans Parade is canceled this year in an effort to protect our nation’s heroes during the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers hoped things would change by the fall; however, with the continued spread of the virus, they knew they had to make a change. “As we go into this different year, we’ve all had to sacrifice and we realize now the sacrifices they’ve made for our country and hopefully as we have a celebratory event this year they’ll realize that we’re still thinking about them,” said Jeff Perkins, Boxley Materials Company president and planning committee member. For more than 10 years, the community has showed-up in support of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Since there will be no parade, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., WSLS 10 will air a 30-minute special tribute to local veterans.
Want to visit a U.S. National Park? All the free-entrance days of 2020
Regardless of whether you’re aiming to visit one U.S. national park in your lifetime or your bucket list includes 10 of them, we have good news: Wednesday marks one of the free-entrance days, in honor of Veterans Day. is the last fee free day of 2020.https://t.co/UR6dHYdbDq — National Park Foundation (@NationalParkFdn) November 10, 2020All national parks will waive entrance fees. Some other free dates for 2020 included:Saturday, April 18 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger DayTuesday, August 25 – National Park Service BirthdaySaturday, September 26 – National Public Lands DayWe’re still waiting on the free days of 2021 to be released. There are 419 National Park Service sites, and of those, 110 typically charge an entrance fee, with costs ranging from $5 to $35, the NPS said. Just be aware, the entrance-fee waiver for the free days don’t cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.
U.S. defense secretary securing military bases after Florida shooting
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper delivers remarks before ringing the closing NASDAQ bell for Veterans Day in New York, New York, November 11, 2019. DoD/Lisa Ferdinando/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has instructed the armed forces to review both security at military bases and screening for foreign soldiers who come to the United States for training after a shooting in Florida. A Saudi Air Force lieutenant killed three people and wounded eight others in a shooting rampage Friday at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. Esper said on Fox News Sunday that he had asked top defense officials to make sure were taking all necessary precautions to make sure military installations were secure. And he said the United States had reached a point in the Middle East that we have deterred Iranian bad behavior.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. defense secretary can't label U.S. base attack 'terrorism' at this point
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper delivers remarks before ringing the closing NASDAQ bell for Veterans Day in New York, New York, November 11, 2019. DoD/Lisa Ferdinando/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoSIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was not prepared at this point to label as terrorism the attack a day earlier at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, where a Saudi airman is accused of killing three people. No, I cant say its terrorism at this time, Esper told the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, adding he believed investigators needed to be allowed to do their work. A group that monitors online extremism says the suspect appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree.feeds.reuters.com
Justice Department Settles with Public Accommodations to Protect the Rights of Veterans Who Use Service Dogs
As we mark Veterans Day 2019, the Justice Department announced two settlement agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect and advance equal access for veterans with disabilities who use service dogs. The ADA generally requires public accommodations to provide access to individuals with disabilities who use service animals, including those who use service dogs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety. Yet, in public accommodations across the country, individuals with disabilities are frequently barred from entering with a service animal. A service dog generally may go wherever the public is allowed to go, and a public accommodation may not require documentation about the service dog. Under these agreements, both entities will adopt and implement a service dog policy; provide training on the service dog policy to employees and managers; post the service dog policy at their facilities and in their advertising; and pay money damages to the two veterans.justice.gov