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    Ashby Ponds honors veteran residents, celebrates Veterans Day

    photoA memorial plaque in front of Ashby Ponds which pays tribute to the veterans of the Ashby Ponds community.  It was installed in 2011. Courtesy photo/Ashby Ponds

    With 175 veterans among their residents, Ashby Ponds retirement community held their Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 12.

    Those 175 veterans make up almost 25 percent of the community’s population and they represent a cumulative 1,886 years of service in all branches of the military.

    The Ashby Ponds Veterans Day program was highlighted by guest speaker Lt. Gen. John Bruen, U.S. Army (Ret.), who served during both the Vietnam War and the Korean War, and worked his way up to the rank of Lieutenant General in 1983. Gen. Bruen spoke of the tremendous commitment required of the spouses and families of servicemen and servicewomen, recalling that he and his family moved 23 times in 29 years while he served in the U.S. Army.

    photoThe posting of colors was completed by members of the Chantilly Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard. Courtesy photo/Ashby Ponds
    photoLt. Gen. John Bruen, U.S. Army (Ret.) speaking to those attending the Veterans Day program at Ashby Ponds. Courtesy photo/Ashby Ponds
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