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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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3 Noteworthy Accolades For Arlington County

There are so many reasons to enjoy visiting, working, and living in Arlington County, and it’s clear that others across the nation are also noticing the bounty of our parks, the value of our neighborhoods, and the advanced technology of our area.

Here are 3 noteworthy accolades for Arlington County, VA:

1) “Best Parks in the Nation”

It’s wonderful to learn our county’s beautiful parks have been noticed by the Trust for Public Land ParkScore® index, which has listed them as 4th best in the nation 🌱🍃🌳🌱🍃🌳🌱🍃🌳. The ParkScore® index is the most comprehensive evaluation of park access and quality in the 100 largest U.S. cities.
See the index.

2) “Best Place to Live”

Arlington County gets recognized by Niche.com as one of the “Best Places to Live in America” 🥇🏆👍 Moreover, not one but two Arlington neighborhoods hold No. 2 and No. 3 on the website’s new “best cities to live in the U.S.” list (based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities).
Get the scoop.

3) “Top Digital County”

Arlington County recently ranked No. 1 for Top Digital Counties, a category from the Center for Digital Government’s 2020 awards! 🖥️📱⌨️💻✊. Most notably, Arlington has, according to Government Technology, “shored up its resiliency, including adding multifactor authentication for staff, transitioning first responder communication to FirstNet, and moving systems like permitting and utility billing services online.” Woot!
Learn more.
Want to live in our amazing county, surrounded by beautiful parks and neighborhoods?
Learn more about how I can help you buy a home in Arlington County and then let’s talk today!

~ Meg

 

Photo credit: Giorgio Trovato via Unsplash

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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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7 Inspirational Quotes About Home Sweet Home Curated from my Instagram Feed

As an inspirational tribute to what “home sweet home” means to most of us, especially during a time where people are flocking in droves towards the real estate market due to low mortgage rates, plus also staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve curated the following visual home-themed quotes from my social media channels to help remind us why the concept of home means so much to us all.

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Stay safe

I hope you and yours continue to be safe and stay healthy as we work to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, if you’re someone in need of help with Arlington’s real estate market or looking for a home to buy or sell in the Arlington area, please contact me for support and personalized assistance.

Lastly, I hope you enjoyed these home-themed inspirational quotes (designed by our own @mayra_ruiz_mcpherson).

Let’s connect on Instagram!

To get more visual content (like the quote posts shared above!) with a strong, Arlington County-focus then please follow me on Instagram via @meg_ross_arlingtonvaagent.

Thank you and enjoy!

Featured photo credit: Dru Bloomfield

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Marine Corps Memorial Photo’s 75th Anniversary

One of my favorite public spaces in Arlington is the Marine Corps War Memorial (or Iwo Jima statue). It offers an amazing view of the memorials on the National Mall and of course the annual July 4 fireworks.

Today, Feb. 23, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary the iconic photo taken by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press of the flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi memorialized by the statue.

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5 Arlington Organizations To Support On #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities (and often stylized as #GivingTuesday), is a chance to help local charities right here in Arlington.

This year Giving Tuesday is on December 3. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. 

You can demonstrate generosity in many ways on Giving Tuesday. Whether it’s by giving some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.  

There are some 150 organizations in Arlington, VA, that could use your help and are part of #GivingTuesday. You can find them on Giving Tuesday’s What’s Happening Near Me page.
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Arlington 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 great Instagram finds about Arlington history, including:

  • Establishing Arlington’s first responders
  • Black history moments in our community

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