The annual Veterans Day ceremony was hosted at the Clarendon War Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.
See photos of the annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted at the Clarendon War Memorial near the Clarendon Metro station on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) John Lyon Post 3150 based in Arlington County, Va. Included in this year's ceremony was a special wreath laying ceremony in honor of Lance Cpl. Niall Coti-Sears. Coti-Sears was the first Arlington native to be killed in Afghanistan, according to the VFW John Lyon Post's Facebook page. He was killed in action on June 23 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Groups hold annual wreath-laying ceremony at Clarendon Central Park
American Legion posts 139, 85 and 194, along with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, held a wreath-laying ceremony at Clarendon Central Park on Memorial Day. The park, immediately behind the Clarendon Metro station, is home to a war memorial that lists the names of Arlingtonians who died in battle through Vietnam. The groups hold the ceremony twice a year, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. More than 100 people stood solemnly in the May heat as the various groups and their auxiliaries placed wreaths at the foot of the memorial. For the benediction, American Legion Post 139 Chaplain John Mallon led the crowd in singing "God Bless America."