Monday, October 3, 2022

What their service means to them: The faces of local veterans

Whether it be a friend, family member or neighbor, the men and women of the U.S. military impact the lives of citizens everyday. WYDaily has collected photos from veterans and loved ones with descriptions of what their service means to them.

In Hampton Roads, residents don’t have to look far to find the ways in which veterans have served their community.

Each year, Veterans Day is a time to remember those who have served our country.

The tradition began in November 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1938, an act was passed that made the day a national legal holiday which would be dedicated to world peace.

Originally the holiday was created to honor veterans of World War I but after World War II, the act was amended from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans.” Since then, the day has been a time to honor and celebrate the patriotism of those who have served in the nation’s military.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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