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Celebrating Veterans Day In Arlington, VA

Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11), honors all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Celebrating Veterans Day in Arlington, VA, this year will be done a little differently because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony Live Stream

The Veterans Day National Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery — where that beautiful photo above was taken — will include the traditional wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and multiple speakers.

However, while the cemetery is open to the public, the ceremony this year will be limited to official participants. But you can watch the ceremony from anywhere with this live stream starting at 10:50 a.m.

You can learn more with the 2020 Veterans Day visitor FAQ.

And, while there are no ceremonies planned, Arlington, VA, is also home to other memorials to service members, including:

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) is the only major national memorial that honors the service of America’s women.

The memorial is located in Arlington National Cemetery at Memorial Avenue and Schley Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202.

Air Force Memorial

The Air Force Memorial’s steel spires, which soar 402 feet above sea level, recognize the service and history of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force.

You can visit the Memorial at 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA, 22204.

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

The Marine Corps War Memorial depicts the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi by U.S. Marines during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima.

Known locally as the “Iwo Jima” memorial, it is the largest cast bronze statue in the world. Plus, it’s a top spot in Arlington to watch the Fourth of July fireworks across the river in D.C.

The memorial is located near Arlington National Cemetery on N. Meade Street in Arlington, VA., 22209, just off Route 50.

Arlington Government Offices Closed

And, since Veterans Day is a holiday, Arlington County government offices, courts, libraries and facilities will be closed. But trash and recycling services will operate on a normal schedule.

Thank You Veterans!

Most importantly, a thank you to our veterans for putting their country before themselves.

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How To Register And Vote In Arlington, VA

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and we’re only six weeks away from the 2020 General Election. Do you have what you need to cast your ballot in Arlington? If not, here is how to register and vote in Arlington, VA.

3 Ways To Register To Vote in Arlington

If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, check your registration status online first. You can also call the Arlington Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

You do not need to register to vote in Virginia again if you are already registered at your current address. However, if your name or address has changed, you should update your registration to avoid delays when you vote.

1. Register To Vote Online
You can register to vote online here . The deadline to register is Oct. 13.

2. Register To Vote By Mail

You can download a voter registration application, fill it out and return it to:
Office of Voter Registration
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320
Arlington, VA 22201

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Nov. 3. But, doing it sooner is always better!

3. Register To Vote In Person

Arlington residents may also register in person at the county’s Registrar’s office (2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320, Arlington, VA 22201) by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

2 Ways To Vote In Arlington, VA

Once you are registered, then you can vote either by absentee ballot or in person.

1. Vote By Mail
In Virginia, you can vote by mail, but you must request a ballot to do so. You can complete the application for a ballot or download an application. The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters request a ballot as soon as possible but not later than Oct. 19.Your ballot can be returned at a dropbox, in person or by mail. Ballots must be dropped off in person or postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by mail no later than Nov. 6. The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their ballot at least one week prior to the state deadline, by Oct. 27.

You can track your ballot’s status.

If you’re registering or voting by mail don’t wait too long! The U.S. Postal Service sent a warning to the Virginia Secretary of State that deadlines did not allow enough time for mail delivery and could disenfranchise voters.

2. Vote In Person

Of course, you can vote in person in Arlington, VA, either early or on Election Day Nov. 3.

You can vote early in person from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 at the county’s Courthouse Plaza Early Voting Site at 2200 Clarendon Blvd. Unlike past elections, where you would go into the county office building at Courthouse, this year there is a new voting location in the storefront of the former Wells Fargo Space by Starbucks.

Four other early voting locations will open in Arlington County on Oct. 17 through Oct. 31 at

  • Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 S. 18th St.
  • Langston-Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St.
  • Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.
  • Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St.

Find early voting hours for all locations here.

Find your polling place here.

You can visit Arlington’s election website for more details.

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Cherrydale Fire House 100th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cherrydale Fire House on Saturday, July 20, and help to raise funds so that the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department can preserve it for another 100 years. The firehouse is a local historic landmark recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade through the Cherrydale neighborhood, followed by a celebration at the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House, 3900 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Fill A Bag And Help Stamp Out Hunger In Arlington

Here’s an easy way that you can help to stamp out hunger. This Saturday, May 11, bag healthy non-perishable food items and place them by your mailbox before mail delivery. You may have already received a blue Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive bag in your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up the bag and deliver it to local food banks in your community.

In Arlington, VA, the food will go to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), which distributes groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs. This year, AFAC hopes to collect 30,000 pounds of healthy non-perishable foods from Arlington residents.

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Sobering Arlington Art Exhibit Raises Awareness Of Veteran Suicides

I visited a sobering but beautiful Arlington art exhibit at American Legion Post 139 last night that raises awareness about veteran suicides. You can still see it tonight, Wednesday, March 20, at the Post, 3445 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA..

The illuminated display “22-13” by artist Scott LoBaido depicts a pair of twos facing each other covered in an American flag design, in which the white stripes feature a collage of all the wars the U.S. has participated in. The opposing numbers twos create an empty heart between them. The base includes 22 pairs of empty boots and it is surrounded by 22 life-size figures that represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each and every day.

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