It was a blustery, chilly day in DC. Not much happening here on this Veteran Day’s holiday, at least not outside. The National Mall was largely empty. Tourists did not linger outside for long. They went straight from their tour buses into the warmth of the Smithsonian’s museums.
It seems that Veterans’ Day is downplayed. Is it because it falls in the shadow of the Christmas rush?
Pentagon City Mall appeared all too ready for Christmas. You would think the shopping center could have devoted some space to an exhibit to honor our veterans.
When we think of veterans, the name of Benedict Arnold does not come to mind.
However, before he betrayed his country, General Arnold was one of the Americans’ most competent field officers. His actions in 1776 saved the Continental Army’s northern command from disaster; his bravery and leadership won the Battle of Saratoga in October of 1777, although credit was given to the senior officer present Horatio Gates.
The victory led to France’s recognition of the American cause. It was a key turning point without which the Revolution would probably have failed.
We can thank Arnold for that much.
Fall is winding down in the region, although colors are still hanging on in Richmond.