Monday, November 11, 2019
The entire community is invited to join the City for its annual Veterans Day Observance on Monday, November 11, 2019, honoring & recognizing all U.S. military personnel who play an important role in safeguarding our nation & our future. The observance takes place at 11 a.m. at the Concert Pavilion.
City officials and members of local veterans groups will be on hand to honor those who have served in all branches of the military. Officials, veterans and community organizations will also participate in a solemn wreath laying ceremony, followed by a reception inside City Hall.
Joining the observance will be special guest speaker Colonel (Ret.) David Rhodes, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. In his 40-year professional career, Col. Rhodes served in various combat and leadership positions as an F-15 fighter pilot, squadron commander and NATO Deputy Operations Commander. He was a White House Fellow, assigned as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for Global Issues to Vice President Al Gore, and led the DoD Task Force on the response to Hurricane Katrina. He sits on the Board of Directors of both the White House Fellows Foundation and Association and the Air Traffic Control Association.
Support Homeless Veterans
Our Veterans served us selflessly. Let’s honor their sacrifices by ending homelessness for local Veterans today. Gaithersburg’s VFW (now part of Post 2562 in Silver Spring) partners with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), which provides emergency shelter to an average of 75 Veterans annually. MCCH’s Operation Homecoming program provides homeless Veterans with a safe, stable and affordable place to call home. They need our community’s support to move into their homes with dignity. Please consider bringing the following to the eterans Day Observance.
|Shampoo & Conditioner||Dishwashing Soap||Canned Chili, Stews, & Soups|
|Soap||Dishwasher Soap||Canned Tuna, Salmon, & Beans|
|Toothbrushes & Toothpaste||Bathroom Cleaners||Dried Fruit & Nuts|
|Razors & Shaving Cream||All-Purpose Cleaners||Canned Fruits & Vegetables|
|Lotion||Cleaning Sponges||Peanut Butter & Jelly|
|Deodorant||Laundry Detergent||Ground Coffee|
|Hairbrushes & Combs||Dryer Sheets||Cereal, Oatmeal, & Granola Bars|
|Towels||Trash Bags||Rice, Pasta, & Sauces|
Cash donations accepted. Checks to support Operation Homecoming can be written to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Drop off items & get tax deductible receipts available between 4 - 9 p.m. at MCCH, 405 East Gude Drive, Suite 209, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-917-6644.