The Chronicles Of Grant County

Veterans Day 2021

veterans day 2021 department of veterans affairs 25(This poster was provided courtesy of the U S Department of Veterans Affairs, 2021.)

Tomorrow is the day that the United States of America honors military veterans who have served our county. "The theme for Veterans Day 2021 is centered on the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," according to a statement from the U S Department of Veterans Affairs. "Located at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I. Over the past century, additional unknowns have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people's memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning."

"This year's Veterans Day poster competition asks artists to envision a design that evokes elements of the history, legacy, and meaning of the Tomb during its centennial anniversary," the statement from the Department continued. "Whether inspired by historic images of the Tomb, the ceremonies and rituals that take place at the site, or the physical Tomb itself, artists should interpret the Tomb's centennial in a way that honors its past and recognizes its continued importance in American society to all."

Through the years, there are a variety of ways that local folks in Grant County have recognized the services of military veterans. Visits to grave sites, flying the flag outside houses, parades, and public proclamations have been among those activities. In many cases, the service of military veterans has been recognized by family and friends – even perfect strangers – simply saying "Thank You" to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

Sometimes, those simple "Thank Yous" can make a tremendous difference to people who may feel overlooked by others.

Area businesses have strived to recognize the service of military veterans by giving those individuals free products or discounted products. In this news column, we highlight two examples in Silver City.

Little Caesars is offering free meals to those who have served our nation. From 11 AM to 2 PM tomorrow – on Veterans Day – military veterans and active-duty military members can receive a free lunch combo. This meal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style deep-dish pizza along with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

"We would welcome veterans to come out to our Little Caesars on Veterans Day," stated Julieann Vigil, General Manager at the Little Caesars in Silver City. "We're located next to the Albertson's Supermarket at 2320 Highway 180 East in Silver City."

Denny's is offering a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" to all active, inactive, and military personnel. This offer is valid for dine-in service from 5 AM to 12 Noon tomorrow (Veterans Day). Individuals need to present a valid military ID or DD 214 to receive this free breakfast meal. Denny's is located at 708 Silver Heights Boulevard in Silver City.

"As veterans continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, it's important now more than ever to honor America's heroes," stated John Dillon, Chief Brand Officer for Denny's. "This year, we look forward to welcoming them into our booths…to show our gratitude and support for both veterans and active military personnel."

To all those in Grant County and beyond who have served our country, "Thank You."

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