This is the 85th anniversary of the end of World War One, whose conclusion brought us first Armistice Day and later Veterans’ Day.
There was a gathering in Sharon on Tuesday to break ground for the new Vermont Vietnam veterans’ memorial. The memorial is due to be finished in August 2005. The state installed a small Vietnam monument in 1982 at the Sharon rest area on Interstate 89. But state officials want to install a larger one as part of a plan to turn the rest area into a welcome center.
And in Montpelier, in front of the Vermont statehouse, a bugler played “Taps” at precisely 11:11 a.m. to honor those who have served in this country’s armed forces. When “Taps” concluded officials at the ceremony read the names of the four Vermonters who died this year in the Iraq War: Mark Evnan, Justin Garvey, Kyle Gilbert, and Erik Halvorson.