Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Veterans Day -- Remembering"

A few minutes ago, at 11 A.M., a parade started up Fifth Avenue, in commemoration of Veterans Day. On this 11th day of the 11th month, and at the 11th hour -- we remember and honor the men and women who serve our country.

If you stroll through Riverside Park south of 96th Street (where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally meet at the end of You've Got Mail), you'll see a white marble structure looming from above. I call it my little Acropolis, since it reminds me of the Parthenon perched atop the steep hill in Athens.

That's The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument, dedicated to the soldiers and sailors who served during the Civil War. It's a beautifully-situated monument; from the promenade one sees sweeping views of the Hudson River. At night, the lights of George Washington Bridge twinkle in the distance. A perfect place to take a moment to remember.

With gratitude, I thank the Veterans who have served this country with courage and honor.

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