Scott’s View: Remembering Army Veteran Jackie Robinson’s 75th Anniversary

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We’re marking the end of Black History Month with an important anniversary announcement. This April will mark the 75th Anniversary that this week’s HeroVet, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Robinson went on to become one of the greatest players of all time, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, an All-Star for 6 consecutive seasons and awarded the Most Valuable Player in 1949.

We hope the current labor disputes between players and owners don’t delay the start of the season because April 15 is marked as “Jackie Robinson” day, the anniversary of his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. 

Robinson, an Army veteran, posthumously was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his achievements on and off the field, and the only player in MLB history to have his uniform number retired by all teams. May the memories of “42” live on in our hearts for this great athlete, military veteran, and courageous man.

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A history of Arlington National Cemetery Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: History of Arlington National Cemetery Perfectly aligned white marble tombstones dot green hills like pearls, strung together by memories of fallen military members. That’s the sight at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, which is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their dependents over approximately 640 acres on the Potomac River. This Memorial Day we remember the fallen soldiers buried at Arlington and across the nation. And this Saturday Arlington hosts the inaugural Flowers of Remembrance Day, where the public can bring flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many veterans. 

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