Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Heather's Corner: Honoring our Vets and the Oro Valley Veterans Support Initiative

As Veteran's Day approaches, I thought I would dedicate today's posting to all of the service men and women that have selflessly served the country. For those needing a refresher, November 11th marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Technically the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. The day was to be celebrated with parades and thanksgivings. Several years later, congress asked President Wilson to declare the 11th a legal and national holiday.

Oro Valley honors our Vets through the Veterans Support Initiative. The town approved the initiative on June 01, 2011 in response to citizens stressing the need for more resources and support for families of those who have served. The purpose was to identify and provide individuals and non-governmental businesses and groups that support the vets and their families.

On their website, you will find links to Health, Education, Employment, Discounts, and more. It has become an invaluable resource and outlet for incredible support. They ask you to join this year's celebration at Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS):

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Rose Garden Courtyard
3601 South 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85723

There is no doubt we have all been touched by stories of bravery, heroism, and the tenacity of our veterans. I would like to honor my grandfather on this day. A member of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II attack on Normandy, he was separated from his group due to heavy winds. He hid in the brush while opposing soldiers fired weapons just feet from his head. He remained motionless until the remaining of his group and other U.S. soldiers caught up with him days later.

Please feel free to share your amazing stories with us here. Let's use this day to be grateful and let us celebrate and honor our veterans!!!
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley for 6 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She loves gardening, nature, art, and travel. Currently her two young children fill up most of her days (and nights) with chaotic bliss. Oro Valley favorites: memorial bench at the entrance of Romero Canyon Trail in Catalina State Park, Toscana Studio and Gallery, OV Fall Festival, the gumption and determination of OV residents!

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