On Veterans Day, we take time to honor and thank all those who served in the military for their commitment to duty, honorable service, and personal sacrifice to protect the nation. November 11th became a federal holiday in 1938, and American Veterans continue to be recognized and honored across the country. Williamsburg is no exception.
Please mark Friday, November 11, 2016 on your calendar and plan to attend the dedication of a Veterans Blue Star Memorial Marker at 1:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park, Williamsburg.
Glenda Knowles, President of the Williamsburg Area Council of Garden Clubs (WACGC), and the Memorial Site Planning Committee have worked in cooperation with the City of Williamsburg staff to plan and establish a Veterans memorial site in Bicentennial Park, located behind the DeWitt Wallace Museum, at the intersection of Nassau and Newport Avenue. The site is funded by the WACGC and the City of Williamsburg. A Blue Star Memorial Marker will be the centerpiece of the site, as well as two benches, and low maintenance plantings. The marker will be visible from the street and the site will be handicap accessible to allow all visitors access.
Local officials, veterans and garden club officers will take part in the 2016 Veterans Day dedication ceremony. Patriotic music will complement the ceremony, honoring our veterans. The ceremony is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend, especially veterans, service members, and their families.
Perpetuation of the marker is the responsibility of the WACGC and will be accomplished through donations. Anyone interested in making a donation "in memory of" a loved one or friend, may email WACGC point of contact, Ellen Schiavone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Veterans' names will be kept in a Veterans Memorial Memory Book and the records maintained by the WACGC.
The WACGC and the City of Williamsburg are proud to establish this new site as a local memorial to all those who have defended our country, are currently serving, and will continue to bravely serve in the future.
Posted by: Glenda Knowles, President, WACGC
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