This week I came across two great articles highlighting veterans here in The Villages that I thought were worth sharing with you.
The first comes from The Villages Daily Sun, and highlights a few of the veterans organizations in this area:
“In addition to facilitating community service and recreational opportunities, veterans organizations offer members another benefit — the ability to stay connected to their service through camaraderie.
With more than 30 area organizations dedicated to veteran causes, former service members have many ways to get involved.
And that number is continually growing.”
The second article, also from the Daily Sun, tells about the recent Welcome Home Vietnam Vetarans Day ceremony held this week:
“On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, effectively ending one of the most divisive periods of the 20th century.
On Thursday, 45 years later, dozens gathered under the shade of trees at Veterans’ Memorial Park for Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”
While on the topic of veterans, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring the great work of Villages Honor Flight to your attention.
The Honor Flight Network is a national network of non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many US military Veterans as possible to see their Washington, D.C. area memorials at no cost to the Veterans. The local chapter was formed in 2011, and since that time they’ve flown more than 1,000 veterans to D.C.
In other news…
I’ve mentioned in my monthly newsletter that The Villages recently held a few storm water management workshops, covering how the storm water systems work throughout The Villages community, helping residents better understand the source of their irrigation water, and diving into the topic of environmental stewardship.
This will likely be very interesting for some, and very boring for others, but if you fall into the first group, here’s a video of one of those workshops:
This week I received a question from a new reader just becoming familiar with The Villages, and I think it’s a question others may have so I’m posting the question and response here:
Question: Why are there schools in The Villages, since it is for people 55 and over………?
Answer: It is for the children of the people who work for and/or in The Villages.
Only employees of The Villages may enroll their children in the school. Preference is given to direct employees of The Villages, then employees of direct sub-contractors of The Villages, and finally to employees of businesses located in The Villages.
You can learn more here: https://www.insidethebubble.co/the-villages-charter-school/
You may know about the Live Cams The Villages has of the Town Squares, but this week I got an email from YouTube alerting me to a new cam I’ve never seen before, perched atop the Lake Sumter Landing Lighthouse:
I’m not sure if they plan to make this a permanent live cam, or if they’re just testing it out, but that’s one heckuva view!
Last but not least, I was going through some older articles and pages here on the site this week and I stumbled across the “Cool Carts” page. I dusted it off and added a link to it in the main navigation bar. If you’ve got a cool cart you think is worthy of inclusion, let me know!