Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day in order to recognize and honor all U.S. veterans including those who have served, who have given their life in service, and who are currently serving throughout the United States of America. It's a time for reflection, and for many families it is a time to come together to honor the life of those they've lost.
VDLA, Landscape Architects would like to thank all those who have served and those who are serving our country. Veterans Day is especially important to our team as we played a key role in developing this National Monument or Forever Facility-Miramar National Cemetery. As the Prime contractor, we completed the Master Plan in 2009 and construction documents and construction administration for Phase 1 from 2010-2012.
VDLA is currently working with John Gallup & Associates and their team, (3Terra MP, Design-Build Consortium and KSA Engineers, Davy Architecture, R&R Construction Services and Kimley-Horn and Associates) on Phase 2 of this very important, six-phase project.
Burial options offered at Miramar National Cemetery (located adjacent to MCAS Miramar off the 805 freeway in San Diego, California) include pre-placed crypts, buried cremains, columbarium niches and an ossuary along with memorial walls. There is also a POW plaza, a memorial walk and a flag assembly area.
Providing a final resting place that confers dignity and honor for our service personnel is paramount, and VDLA takes pride in creating a peaceful space where families can visit their loved ones, and where the community at large can participate in services such as the one we saw today, Veterans Day November 11, 2019.
The service today was moving, and a time for reflection for all who attended. Families as well as the public had the chance to hear veterans share their stories and to hear how this day is celebrated across the nation. This year's service paid homage to veterans of the Vietnam War. Ramona resident Duane Norman, a quadriplegic veteran and race car driver, served as the event's featured speaker.