Welcome to November

It’s been a picture perfect autumn, a textbook October. With a moist summer, the trees were still thick with leaves when the first frosts hit, making for a very colorful fall. Bright yellow big leaf maple trees, and dark red Japanese maples. The sumac too were brilliant orange.

But now it’s November … the wet month.

The good news is, the two-year election campaign is over. Phew, what a relief. I hope the results are a clear victory and known to all by Nov. 5, the day after Election Day, and that it’s not a long, drawn out affair.

Daylight savings is over, time to hunker down and spend evenings by the fire.

The next occasion to look forward to is a very important one.

Veterans Day provides an opportunity for all of us to say thanks to the guys and girls who served in the military services on our behalf. Those who suffered and continue to suffer the rampages of war.

In Arlington, the American Legion Post No. 76 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1561 work together to honor the survivors of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, a number of skirmishes around the world, and now, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Legion and the VFW work together to organize the Veterans Day Parade each year, followed by a free lunch for all Vets at the Legion Hall at 1 p.m.

“It’s a pork roast dinner with all the trimmings,” said Jim Barron, a loyal organizer on behalf of the Legion and veterans in general. (Guests are also welcome to join in for lunch for just $5.)

“It’s a pretty good deal,” Barron said.

But most importantly, it’s a time to sit at the same table, lend an ear and hear their stories -- many that you might not like to hear.

The parade includes the regulars. “It’s about the same as every year,” said Barron.

Except for a few missing souls, like World War II Vets Jack Gray and Bill Senica, two Stilly Valley Pioneers who have left their friend, Harry Yost, behind.

“As long as I am standing up, I will be there,” said Yost who broke a rib recently. “It’s getting a little lonely,” he said.

Remember to wave at the last remaining World War II Vets and all of the others, too.

Don’t miss the chance to hug your favorite veteran and tell’em that you love’em.

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