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Arlington New Years Instagram Style


I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of a few amazing New Year Instagram finds, including:

  • Two posts looking back at 2018
  • A New Years message from 1945
  • How Arlington residents are moving into the new year

A Year of Sending Love To Our Soldiers

I’ve shared one of Operation Turbo’s posts before, showing packages they were preparing to send to our soldiers overseas. Due to their incredible efforts in 2018, they managed to send 1,368 boxes to deployed U.S. service men and women! How amazing is that?

Happy Blue Year

Speaking of those who serve to protect, here is a collage of some of the wonderful members of the police force that serves Arlington, VA. I love these photos of community engagement and seeing snapshots of 2018. I wonder what their 2019 collage will look like!

Rolling In The Year With Ramen

Now that it’s officially 2019, what are you doing to celebrate the new year? New year, new you, and maybe new food? Seems like a great idea to me, and these food pics are making me hungry! Time for a ramen run! This from Gaijin Ramen Shop on Lee Highway in the Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington, VA.

“…Hope Is Real, And Apt To Blossom…”

You may need to open the link to read this one, but it is worth it. A clipping from a WWII era Arlington newspaper gives a glimmer of what life was like then, as well as a message of hope for the future. “[the old year] has turned hope into practical assurance. In this way we can say wholeheartedly to each other, and to the world at large- ‘Happy New Year!’ Welcome, 1945!”


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“What the old year has done for us is this; it has brought everything forward to the point where hope is real, and apt to blossom in full at any moment. It has turned hope into practical assurance. In this way we can say wholeheartedly to each other, and to the world at large – “Happy New Year!” This January 1, 1945 message of hope was made during World War 2, from a short lived, hyper local newspaper called the Columbia News. The Columbia News was published semimonthly in Arlington from 1941 – 1945, by Eugene Beard, starting on January 18, 1941. The Center for Local History holds the Vol. 1, No. 1 edition, some from 1944, and some from 1945. We are in the process of digitizing these holdings, and they will soon be available to view through the Library catalog. (The Library of Congress and the Library of Virginia also have some editions on microfilm.) #archives #centerforlocalhistory #thecolumbianews #worldwar2 #arlingtonvahistory

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Moving Forward, Remember This:

Bakeshop in Clarendon has a reminder for everyone moving into the new year. If 2018 was a hard year for you, make 2019 your own by remembering the message on this cookie cake.

Needing Something New

New year, new you, what else new? Well, for user juliaguliajules and many other Arlingtonians, the new year started with a new house! Feel free to reach out today if I can help you find a new house!


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New Year, new home. ?❤️ #arlingtonva

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That’s it for this Arlington Instagram go ’round!

Until next time! And if you want more of The Arlington Life on Instagram, you can follow me on IG @meg_ross_arlingtonvaagent.

~ Meg