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Veterans Day at Mountain Home National Cemetery

JOHNSON CITY — A private wreath laying ceremony was held today at Mountain Home National Cemetery to pay tribute to our area Veterans. On Veterans Day we stand united in respect for our Veterans and pay respect to those who have served. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
I would like to invite the public to visit the cemetery during Veterans Day week but please make your visits safe by abiding by CDC recommended safety precautions.  Another great option to in-person visits now available is the Veterans’ Legacy Memorial at www.vlm.cem.va.gov  At the VLM site each Veteran interred at a National Cemetery has their own memorial profile. You can leave a tribute message, share a story about the veteran, and share that information with others. 
For gravesite location information please use your smartphone and go to m.va.gov to get gravesite maps and other information. The public restrooms will be open, but our Public Information Center will remain closed to the public.
We look forward to our traditional ceremony next year. Our community honors Veterans every day. We are lucky to live in a place that has so much love and respect for all our Veterans. It shows in everything we do. Rest assured; our Veterans are not forgotten. We may be remembering them by ourselves this year but we’re all together in spirit. For a list of discounts specifically for Veterans please visit:  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/80347/veterans-day-2020-discounts/
Thank you all for your patience during this difficult time. Our community will come through this stronger than ever. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated. Mountain Home National Cemetery honors Veterans and their eligible family members with a final resting place in a national shrine and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation. 
Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.