Posting Schedule for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I will be following the schedule below for all posts (Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013
    • NO BLOG OR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS.
    • Emails and comments will NOT be replied to.
  • Friday, November 29, 2013
    • No blog posts.
    • Limited Twitter posts between 3pm and 9pm.
    • Twitter Tweets will be the only posts published to my Facebook page.
  • Saturday, November 30, 2013
    • No blog posts.
    • Limited social media posts throughout the day.
  • Sunday, December 1, 2013
    • No blog posts.
    • Limited social media posts throughout the day.
  • Monday, December 2, 2013
    • All regular activities resume.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

HARTride 2012

New Blogging Series Coming in December! Transit 101!

Before I go on a brief blogging hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to let my readers know of a new blog post series that I will be starting up in December, called Transit 101!

The Transit 101 series will be dedicated to new public transit customers and will provide helpful tips to make your public transit commute better! Such topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • How to ride the bus/train
  • Understanding transit fares
  • Understanding bus/train schedules
  • Bikes on Transit
  • Travel Training Programs (many transit districts provide travel training programs to assist new customers in becoming familiar with riding transit)
  • Transit terms (every transit district is different in the way they classify routes, services, etc.)
  • Lost and Found
  • Safety and Security
  • And much, much, more!

Each post will have a general overview as to what the said topic is about. Then I’ll go over how the topic relates to public transit as a whole. If there are differences between how each transit district does things, I will then distinguish each district’s policies and procedures on the matter being discussed. Additionally, I’ll have a page set up with links to various computer and mobile transit apps, like OneBusAway!

I plan on publishing my first Transit 101 series post on Tuesday, December 2, 2013! After the initial post, I plan on posting a new topic each week as time allows. If you have an idea for a Transit 101 post, please let me know through the Contact Page!

With that said, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! Be safe!

HARTride 2012

November (early) Friday Rewind – Looking back at HART MetroRapid’s first few months of service

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, I will not be publishing any blog posts on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additionally, there will be no social media activities on Thursday, and such activity will be limited through the weekend. And because I’m treading lightly this holiday weekend, I’ve decided to publish this month’s Friday Rewind post a couple days early! For this edition, let’s take a look back at my blog post from July 8, 2013, which was about some concerns I had about HART’s MetroRapid service.

Below is a snippet of the original post, you can read the full post here.

Could MetroRapid already be having a fever?

And what I mean by that is, could HART’s new MetroRapid service already be faltering? It’s almost like a person having a high fever, which that in of itself is never fun. One simply cannot focus on things needing to be done when he or she is sick. With a bus route, it simply can’t perform well if its running with vast inefficiencies, like the placement of bus stops, etc. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing largely mixed reviews of HART’s new bus rapid transit system, and we haven’t even been given the first month’s ridership numbers yet! However, these reviews already give a somewhat grim synopsis of what could come if HART does not make key changes to the route soon.

Many newspaper and magazine articles that were published right around the debut of MetroRapid largely provided us with a positive outlook of what MetroRapid could be. And I stress just that…could be. Yes, there are always going to be the first day/first week jitters, just like students heading back to school after relishing in the long summer break. However, the reality is, if you have a group of people complaining week after week that the route doesn’t run right, and nothing has been done to address some of the issues that are allowed to persist, then something simply isn’t right. Based on what people have been saying, let me go ahead and outline some of the major issues that I strongly believe that HART must address and resolve NOW! Not five months down the road.

Since this blog post was published, I’ve received clarification from HART on a couple of matters, and the scheduling inefficiencies have since been resolved. Let’s take a look at the four main topics that I previously addressed in my post.

  • Confusion between HART Local and MetroRapid stops/shelters
  • Lack of Ticket Vending Machines at some stations
  • No posting of a route schedule or the route number for MetroRapid
  • Transit Signal Priority

Confusion between HART Local and MetroRapid stops/shelters

Now, this matter may not be resolved right away just because of how the MetroRapid line is running now. However, I still think that some stops should be consolidated in the future to reduce rider confusion. Honestly, there isn’t much more I can write about this topic for the moment, so let’s move onto the next one.

Lack of Ticket Vending Machines at some stations

One day, I was having a discussion on my Twitter feed about Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) along the HART and HRT (Norfolk, VA) systems. When I brought up the subject that only selected MetroRapid stations were equipped with TVMs, HART pointed out to me that the decision was made to only equip certain stations due to the high costs of installing TVMs. Now, for me to recall the exact dollar amounts would mean that I would have to dig through my old tweets, which I won’t do. But the principle of the matter is, as long as HART doesn’t have the funding needed to do things like install additional TVMs along the MetroRapid corridor, then there is only so much they can do with the funds they have in the meantime.

No posting of a route schedule or the route number for MetroRapid

This issue has been resolved since some scheduling tweaks took place back in August for MetroRapid. All trips have been streamlined to run every 15 minutes between the UATC and downtown, and the oddball 10:55am trip from downtown has been switched to 10:45am. Additionally, a couple time points were removed from the MetroRapid schedule, and the downtown portion of the route runs along Morgan St instead of the heavily congested Marion St. I strongly doubt that HART will put MetroRapid back onto Marion St until the traffic signal cycles can be modernized.

Another concern that I pointed out in my previous post was in regards to a lack of a full schedule timetable on goHART.org, as well as schedule booklets. Although I’m not sure about schedule books (I haven’t rode the HART system since MetroRapid began service) but I can tell you that HART has posted a full timetable on goHART.org since the August mark-up. You can see the full schedule here.

One issue that still remains is that the internal route number of 400 still isn’t as visible as I and a few others would like to see it. Perhaps this will change in 2014.

Transit Signal Priority (TSP)

TSP along the MetroRapid corridor is what it is folks. Nothing more to say here.

Ridership remains strong

Now, for some awesome news regarding MetroRapid! Since its June revenue launch, MetroRapid ridership has been strong, despite a few bumps in the road in the beginning (things like rider confusion over bus stops, etc.). During the month of October alone, MetroRapid ridership was just over 55,000! As we approach 2014, I have a better feeling than I did back in July that MetroRapid will be a glowing success to HART’s bus system!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

HARTride 2012

HRT’s November 24, 2013 service changes

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This post is coming a bit late because I only found out about these changes today. However, it’s always better late than never; so here goes with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)’s upcoming service change/markup cycle, which will go into effect on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Most of these changes will comprise of running time changes in order to improve efficiency. These changes will affect Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 20, 23, and 58 in the Southside region (Norfolk, VA Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake). There are currently no changes planned for the Northside region (Newport News, Hampton).

  • Route 1 – Downtown Norfolk/Pembroke East via Granby St: Running time changes.
  • Route 2 – Hampton Blvd/Naval Station Norfolk: Running time changes. Schedules now indicate which bus stops are not served during the weekday evening rush hours.
  • Route 5 – Willoughby: Running time changes. Schedules now distinguish between weekday and Saturday timetables.
  • Routes 6, 12, 13, and 58: The timepoint at 20th St and Seaboard Ave will change to Seaboard Ave and Liberty St.
  • Route 11 – Colonial Ave: The 5:39 pm trip departing Downtown Norfolk Transit Center (DNTC) on weekdays will change to 5:42 pm.
  • Route 20 – Virginia Beach Blvd: Running time changes.
  • Route 23 – Princess Anne Rd: Running time changes.

To view the new schedules; click here. Please keep in mind that once the service changes take effect, that you will be able to access the new schedules through the regular schedule links on gohrt.com

 

Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 Holiday Services

It’s that time again, that time where we all gather with our families for Thanksgiving. Now, this year is going to be a bit different with some retail stores being open on Thanksgiving Day. However, most transit districts will be keeping in the tradition of running limited weekend-level services on Thursday, November 28, 2013, with some districts not operating at all. As in the past as well, some districts may run only limited services on Black Friday, which is Friday, November 29, 2013. Please see the matrix below to see what level schedule your area transit district will operate at during the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Please note that with this holiday schedule, I’m broadening my scope to include Polk County transit services, as well as LYNX in Orlando, FL, the WATA in Williamsburg, VA, the New York City MTA in New York City, and the Chicago CTA in Chicago, IL.

All transit districts, except HART and HRT (please see below) will operate on a normal/weekday schedule for Black Friday (Friday, November 29, 2013).

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving Day
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa): Sunday
        • TECOline: No Service
        • No Services for Express Routes, HARTFlex, HART MetroRapid, and the In-Town Trolleybus Line
      • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater): Sunday
        • Applies to ALL PSTA Services
        • No Service for Express Routes
      • MCAT (Bradenton): No Services
        • The Beach Express and the Anna Maria Trolleybus Line will operate
      • SCAT (Sarasota): No Services
      • PCPT (Pasco County): No Services
      • THEbus (Hernando County): No Services
      • Citrus County Public Transportation: No Services
      • Polk Transit/Citrus Connection (Lakeland): No Services
      • Winter Haven Area Transit (Winter Haven): No Services
      • LYNX (Orlando Area): Sunday
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Sunday
      • WATA (Williamsburg): No Services
    • Other Transit Districts
      • Chicago CTA (Chicago): Sunday
      • New York City MTA – ALL MODES/SERVICES – (New York City): Click here to view schedules for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Most services will run either a Saturday or Sunday schedule
  • Friday, November 29, 2013 – Black Friday
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa): Saturday
        • TECOline: Normal/Weekday
        • No Services for Express Routes, HARTFlex (except Northdale), HART MetroRapid, and the In-Town Trolleybus Line
      • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL PSTA Services
      • MCAT (Bradenton): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL MCAT Services
      • SCAT (Sarasota): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL SCAT Services
      • PCPT (Pasco County): No Services
      • THEbus (Hernando County): No Services
      • Citrus County Public Transportation: No Services
      • Polk Transit/Citrus Connection (Lakeland): Normal/Weekday
      • Winter Haven Area Transit (Winter Haven): Normal/Weekday
      • LYNX (Orlando Area): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL LYNX Services
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Saturday
        • Applies to ALL HRT Services, except Route 414, which will operate a weekday schedule
      • WATA (Williamsburg): Normal/Weekday
    • Other Transit Districts
      • Chicago CTA (Chicago): Normal/Weekday
      • New York City MTA – ALL MODES/SERVICES – (New York City): Click here to view schedules for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Most services will run on a normal/weekday schedule
  • Saturday, November 30/Sunday, December 1, 2013
    • All transit districts will operate on their normal weekend-level schedules.

Customer Service Hours

Updated on 11/25/13.

Hours of operation for customer service centers vary by district. If your district does not operate service on Thanksgiving Day, their customer service centers will also be closed that day. Some centers will also be closed on Black Friday, or may have limited hours. Please contact your district directly to see what hours their customer service department will operate.

Below, I’ve listed information for HART, PSTA, and HRT.

  • HART (Tampa) – 813-254-4278
    • Customer Service Centers will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • InfoLine will be staffed from 8am to 5pm both Thanksgiving and Black Friday
    • Customer Service Centers will be open from 7am to 5pm on Black Friday
    • HART on Franklin will also be CLOSED on both Thanksgiving and on Black Friday
  • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater) – 727-540-1900
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • Customer Service Centers will be staffed regular weekday hours on Black Friday
    • InfoLine will be staffed from 8am to 4:30pm on Black Friday
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton) – 757-222-6100
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be staffed from 9am to 4pm on Black Friday

The following transit district provide Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) for your convenience.

  • HART (Tampa)
    • TECOline Streetcar Corridor
    • Select stations along the HART MetroRapid Corridor
    • Northwest Transfer Center
    • West Tampa Transfer Center
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton)
    • The Tide LRT Corridor
    • Hampton Transfer Center
    • Newport News Transfer Center
    • High St Ferry Station
    • HRT Facility on 18th St in Norfolk
  • CTA (Chicago)
    • Various locations throughout the system
  • NYCMTA (New York City)
    • Various locations throughout the system

As always, if you see something here that is incorrect, please let me know.

HART’s November 17, 2013 service changes

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Last week, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit unveiled updated schedules for its November, 2013 service change/markup cycle. This round of changes will become effective on Sunday, November 17, 2013, and will affect routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 30, 37, 47LX, and 57. Among the biggest changes; the addition of OWL service to several routes on weekdays, and in some cases weekends! I first published these changes in my blog post from May 23, 2013, when I mentioned about HART being able to free up some funds to make these changes happen. These changes would not have happened if HART did not take the time to cut out various unnecessary expenses from its budget.

So first, let me take a few moments to go over the additions to the late night bus roundup. With the November service changes in place; the number of bus routes operating past 8pm on weekdays will increase from 16 to 17 with the addition of Route 5. The number of bus routes operating past 8pm on weekends will remain unchanged because out of the 16 existing routes that run past 8pm on weekdays, 11 of them already run past 8pm on Saturdays, and 9 of them run past 8pm on Sundays, including Routes 2, 6, and 30. Sunday service typically ends around 6 or 7pm in most transit districts, including many HART routes that operate on Sundays (although some routes run up until 9pm).

  • Route 2 – Nebraska Ave:
    • Since the implementation of the MetroRapid North/South Line, weekday frequency on Route 2 has decreased from 15 minutes during the day to 30 minutes during the day.
    • Route 2 will benefit from the following changes:
      • An additional southbound trip at 4:25am on weekdays.
      • An additional Saturday evening trip in both directions at about 12:05pm. Service previously ended with the 11:00pm trips.
      • 2 additional Sunday evening trips in both directions at about 11:40pm. Service previously ended with the 9:00pm trips.
      • Due to budgetary constraints; the final southbound trip of the night was truncated to Columbus Ave. Service to the Marion Transit Center during this trip will be restored.
  • Route 5 – 40th St/USF:
    • Route 5 has become a popular route for USF Tampa students, as the route goes through the heart of the campus. However, the route has been neglected for years, as no substantial improvements to the route have been made until now.
    • Route 5 will benefit from the following changes:
      • The existing 8:30pm trip in both directions will be shifted to 8:00pm to allow 30-minute frequency to end at 8:00pm.
      • Additional evening trips will be added in both directions at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm, and 12:00am.
      • Note that the 9:00pm southbound trip is a shift from its previous 9:30pm departure.
  • Route 6 – 56th St/USF:
    • Enhancements to Route 6 will include running midday service at 20 minute headways. The route previously ran at 30 minute headways.
    • Weekend services will be expanded to about 12:00am (departure times vary). This is a huge change from the previous weekend end times that were during the 8:00pm and 9:00pm timeframes.
    • Due to budgetary constraints; the final southbound trip of the night was truncated to 21st Ave, just outside of HART’s HQ. Service to the Marion Transit Center during this trip will be restored.
    • As you’ll notice from the official schedules. Evening weekend frequency (particularly on Sundays) is a bit inconsistent. I will explain the inconsistency of weekend frequency in a moment.
  • Route 30 – Town-N-Country/Airport:
    • Weekend service along Route 30 previously ended at 10:00pm for the eastbound direction and 9:30pm for the westbound direction.
    • 4 trips will be added in the eastbound direction and 5 trips will be added in the westbound direction to maintain 30-minute headways for the entire span of operating service!

Below are the other changes that HART will be enacting during the week of November 17, 2013.

  • Route 4 – Palma Ceia/MacDill AFB
    • Minor efficiency tweaks have allowed the first trips of the morning in both directions to operate with a time savings of 3 minutes.
  • Route 12 – 22nd St:
    • Due to budgetary constraints; the final southbound trip of the night was truncated to Columbus Dr. Service to the Marion Transit Center during this trip will be restored.
  • Route 14 – Armenia Ave:
    • Saturday service will commence with 60-minute headways from 6:35am until 8:35pm.
  • Route 37 – East Brandon:
    • Sunday service will commence with 60-minute headways from 6:05am until 7:05pm.
  • Route 47LX – SouthShore/Downtown Limited Express:
    • Minor timetable changes will be enacted to improve efficiency.
  • Route 57 – USF/Temple Terrace/NetPark:
    • Saturday service will commence with 60-minute headways, mimicking its weekday schedule.

One thing I’ve noticed was there is a bit of inconsistency with Sunday evening trips on Route 6. At first, I thought that there could be a mistake somewhere. However, when I spoke with HART about this matter, they informed me that with the transition from 30-minute headways to 60-minute headways at night, that some trips may not match up. I do hope that this is only temporary and that Sunday evening trips will be able to be worked out later on.

To view the new schedules; click here. Please keep in mind that once the service changes take effect, that you will be able to access the new schedules through the regular schedule links on goHART.org.

Please help those in need in the Philippines!

As many of you know, the Philippines (which is my home country) was struck by a powerful Category 5 hurricane (typhoon) this past weekend (making landfall on Saturday, November 9). The storm, named Haiyan (though its known in the Philippines as Yolanda) caused catastrophic damage throughout the provincial islands of Samar and Leyte. The overall death toll is feared to surpass the 10,000 mark.

Although much-needed aid is arriving to the Philippines, things are going at a rather slow pace at this point (based on news reports, as of Nov 13). With such a devastating situation at hand, a situation I feel is far worse than Hurricane Katrina – which struck New Orleans, LA in 2005, I am asking for your help in making a donation to one of the following organizations to assist with storm relief in my home country! Below are just a few organizations that you can make a donation to. The process only takes a few minutes!

For those of you who have decided to make a donation, thank you so much for taking a moment out of your day to donate to one of these wonderful causes! Your help makes a HUGE difference! Of course, there are other organizations out there that are assisting with relief efforts. But please make sure that the organization that you choose to donate to is a trusted one!

HARTride 2012

Veterans Day Salute 2013

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Yes, Veterans Day here in the US is here! In this post, I want to take a few moments to thank all of those who are currently serving in our nation’s military, as well as those who have served in the past! I personally know many people, friends and family, who have served at one point or another. In my posting last year, I primarily had focused on the US Navy, specifically mentioning about the USS Lassen and the USS Ramage, two of the Navy’s awesome guided missile destroyers. Both ships were deployed to the waters of the Pacific and Mediterranean respectively during the summer months of 2013. The Lassen was originally homeported in San Diego, CA, but has been assigned to Yokosuka, Japan since 2005. The ship recently sailed to Australia, where I would love to visit someday, for several military exercises and port visits. I was able to witness the commissioning of the Lassen here in Tampa back on April 21, 2001. The Ramage is homeported in Norfolk, VA and is currently on deployment until the spring of 2014. I personally know one of the officers who is currently on board the Ramage.

This year, I would like to be able to take a look at the other branches of the US military, since I was not able to include them in my post from last year. With the growing popularity of social media and devices like tablets and smartphones, it’s been easier than ever to follow all the branches of our military! In fact, the US Navy recently unveiled its smartphone/tablet app, which makes it even easier for families of sailors to stay informed on the go! I also would like to point out that many efforts have been made, despite the dreaded sequestration cuts, to modernize our military. For example, many US Navy ships (including the Ramage) have recently undergone extensive mid-life refurbishments to update aging equipment and extend the life of the ship. These refurbishments have made it easier for the ship’s crew to communicate with the outside world via social media!

With all of this said, let’s go into some photos that I’ve been able to gather from the various branches. Within each caption, I have provided proper credit to the respective branch and photographer (if known).

US Air Force

A C-17 Globemaster plane prepares for an exercise with personnel from the US Army and the US Air Force. Photo Credit: US Air Force.
A C-17 Globemaster plane prepares for an exercise with personnel from the US Army and the US Air Force. Photo Credit: US Air Force.
Two US Air Force jets fly side-by-side over the desert. One is a T-38 A-model and the other a T-38 C-model. Not sure which one is which though. Photo Credit: US Air Force/Bobbi Zapka.
Two US Air Force jets fly side-by-side over the desert. One is a T-38 A-model and the other a T-38 C-model. Not sure which one is which though. Photo Credit: US Air Force.
A line of KC-135 Stratotankers conduct an exercise known as an "Elephant Walk", where a single line formation of planes "march" down the taxiway in a fashion similar to a herd of elephants. A fleet of KC-135s are stationed at Tampa's MacDill AFB. Photo Credit: US Air Force/Tech Sgt. Tanika Belfield.
A line of KC-135 Stratotankers conduct an exercise known as an “Elephant Walk”, where a single line formation of planes “march” down the taxiway in a fashion similar to a herd of elephants. A fleet of KC-135s are stationed at Tampa’s MacDill AFB. Photo Credit: US Air Force/Tech Sgt. Tanika Belfield.
An Airman works alongside Marines to assist with loading munitions. Photo Credit: US Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales.
An Airman works alongside Marines to assist with loading munitions. Photo Credit: US Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales.

US Army

Two soldiers participate in a casualty exercise. Photo Credit: US Army.
Two soldiers participate in a casualty exercise. Photo Credit: US Army.
Dogs often play a crucial role in assisting our servicemembers. Photo Credit: US Army.
Dogs often play a crucial role in assisting our servicemembers. Photo Credit: US Army.
Military members can always be seen at major sporting events, especially during the playing of our National Anthem. Photo Credit: US Army.
Military members can always be seen at major sporting events, especially during the playing of our National Anthem. Photo Credit: US Army.

US Marine Corps

Sunday, November 10 marks the 238th birthday of the US Marine Corps! What a better way to celebrate than with a cake cutting ceremony! :) Photo Credit: US Marines/Cpl. Lauren Whitney.
Sunday, November 10 marked the 238th birthday of the US Marine Corps! What a better way to celebrate than with a cake cutting ceremony! 🙂 Photo Credit: US Marines/Cpl. Lauren Whitney.
Two Marines (twin brothers) take a few moments to sharpen their music skills. Photo Credit: US Marines/Lance Cpl. Elizabeth A. Case.
Two Marines (twin brothers) take a few moments to sharpen their music skills. Photo Credit: US Marines/Lance Cpl. Elizabeth A. Case.
Run, run, run! :) Photo Credit: US Marines/Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel.
Run, run, run! 🙂 Photo Credit: US Marines/Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel.
Ready...Aim...FIRE! Photo Credit: US Marines/SSgt. Matt. Orr.
Ready…Aim…FIRE! Being a sniper is definitely no easy task. Photo Credit: US Marines/SSgt. Matt. Orr.

US Navy

Looking into the sunrise (or sunset, depending how you look at it) from the USS Ramage (DDG 61). The US Navy guided missile destroyer is on a Mediterranean deployment until the spring of 2014. This particular photo made the weekly cover photo rounds on the US Navy's official Facebook page during the week of November 4, 2013. Photo credit: US Navy.
Looking into the sunrise (or sunset, depending how you look at it) from the USS Ramage (DDG 61). The US Navy guided missile destroyer is on a Mediterranean deployment until the spring of 2014. This particular photo made the weekly cover photo rounds on the US Navy’s official Facebook page during the week of November 4, 2013. Photo credit: US Navy.
Speaking of destroyers, this is one of the US Navy's newest  Zumwalt-class destroyers. There will be three of these ships initially, but the US Navy hopes to have more in the fleet in the not-so-distant future. Photo credit: US Navy/General Dynamics.
Speaking of destroyers, this is one of the US Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyers. There will be three of these ships initially, but the US Navy hopes to have more in the fleet in the distant future. Photo credit: US Navy/General Dynamics.
Preparing for a fire onboard a ship is a continuous process. Everyone must be prepared for the worst! Photo Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens.
Preparing for a fire onboard a ship is a continuous process. Everyone must be prepared for the worst! Photo Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens.
The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returning to San Diego, CA (April, 2013). Photo Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates.
The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returning to San Diego, CA (April, 2013). Photo Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dean M. Cates.

In Conclusion

Veterans Day is always a day where we can take a few moments to say “Thank You” to all those who have served our country. Our service members often take great risks to protect our country and its freedoms, and many have given their lives in order to keep all of us safe from harm. With that said, please be sure to thank all those who have served in our military; whether it be past or present. Our service members deserve a lot of appreciation for what they do each day!

Below, I’ve posted some links where you can learn more about our military and view photos and videos of our military in action.

GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY!

HARTride 2012