As Veteran's Day approaches, tell us what's on your mind
Editor's note: Vienna Speaks is a weekly feature for user feedback.
Did you love a story? Think we could've done better? Want us to check out a news tip, or cover an event? This is your chance to let us know what's on your mind.
Here's what's on mine:
Both of my grandfathers served in the army during World War II, and my uncle served in the Marines during Vietnam.
That was long before my time, but I still felt connected to their experience through their stories. One of my grandfathers met his wife, my grandmother, at a USO dance. My uncle traveled throughout Spain and Italy, and broke his leg after he fell from a plane during a training drill. (The details of that story are still a bit sketchy ...)
Those three men are gone now. I'm sure there are plenty of stories I didn't get to hear; harder stories, about grief and guilt and heartbreak and trying to return to a normal life. I was fairly young when they died, so I didn't realize that those stories would someday be gone. That I wouldn't get to hear them anymore.
Older and wiser, now I do. Vienna Patch is looking for veterans to tell their stories--if not for themselves, than for the thousands of people who could benefit from keeping their stories alive. E-mail me at email@example.com to get in touch. Know a veteran? Send me their information by e-mail or here in the comments.
We're compiling a list of Veteran's Day events, for Thursday and throughout the week. Leave a comment or send an e-mail if you have one we should add to the list.
You can also send in photos of your family's veterans. We'll run them with your memories or stories on Thursday.
We've received a few complaints about politician signs still showing up around town.
A Town of Vienna ordinance says that campaign signs must be removed five days after the election. That time frame ended yesterday, Nov. 7.
A quick drive around Vienna at noon yielded no signs on Maple Ave, Nutley Street or Church Street. If you see signs, let us know in the comments, call the Town (703-255-6341), or contact the Connolly and Fimian campaigns directly.