Memorial Day

In a time of war, Memorial Day takes on special significance as our nation honors men and women in the military who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Originally known as Decoration Day, the observance dates to just after the Civil War when the country commemorated soldiers who gave their lives in order to preserve the union. The day of remembrance was expanded after World War I to honor the fallen from all wars fought by the United States. As the nation marks this Memorial Day weekend, veterans of I

In a time of war, Memorial Day takes on special significance as our nation honors men and women in the military who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Originally known as Decoration Day, the observance dates to just after the Civil War when the country commemorated soldiers who gave their lives in order to preserve the union. The day of remembrance was expanded after World War I to honor the fallen from all wars fought by the United States. As the nation marks this Memorial Day weekend, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are remembered along with veterans who served before them. A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders has invited Dr. James B. Peake, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to visit Vermont. The Cabinet secretary will be in Burlington and White River Junction on June 23.

The South Burlington town meeting will be at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd. At 4 p.m. the same day, the secretary will visit the VA Medical Center at 215 N. Main St in White River Junction. Both events are free and open to the public.

Two Vermont wood carvers have found another way to show their appreciation to veterans. Richard Taylor and Dave Tuttle of Putney carve canes - with eagle heads for handles -- for veterans who need help walking upon returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. To watch a Brattleboro Reformer story about the Vermonters, click here.