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.
Veterans art on display serves a healing purpose
ROANOKE, Va. – On Tuesday, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSM) unveiled an exhibit featuring work by veterans with PTSD and other physical or brain injuries. The exhibit, titled “Creative Forces: An Exhibit in Healing,” includes photos, sculptures and paintings by artists from all over Virginia, including from the Roanoke Valley. This show is co-hosted by The Art League of Alexandria and the Salem VA Medical Center. The art exhibit will run through mid-May and is open to the public. To learn more about dates, times and getting to the exhibit, click here.