The 66e The annual Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.
The public is invited and encouraged to witness all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War until today. Virginia is currently home to more than 690,000 military veterans and their families.
Virginia War Memorial Director Dr. Clay Mountcastle will serve as emcee for the hour-long program, which will include remarks from Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Defense Craig Crenshaw and Gen. of Division Timothy Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia. Patriotic music will be provided by the 29 of the Virginia National Guarde Divisional band. There will be a special tribute to the Blue Star families of Virginia and the winners of the Memorial’s 2022 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest will be featured and read their winning essays.
The ceremony will take place outdoors, rain or shine, so attendees should dress accordingly. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 10:30 a.m. to be seated. There is no charge to attend the ceremony or visit the Virginia War Memorial and free parking is available. The Memorial grounds and exhibit halls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitors.
The Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony will be broadcast live on WTVR CBS6.1 and 6.3 in Richmond and streamed live on the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Facebook pages, the Virginia War Memorial, WTVR-TV and WTKR-TV (Norfolk) and other social media channels.
“Veterans Day is one of our most special commemorations here at the Virginia War Memorial, where our mission is to honor and remember our veterans, their service and their sacrifices every day of the war. year,” said memorial director Dr Clay Mountcastle. “We look forward to filling the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater with veterans, their family members and all citizens.
“For those who come, I encourage them to spend an hour here viewing the many exhibits and documentary films at the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center and the C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion,” Dr. Mountcastle added.
About the Virginia War Memorial
The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor veterans, preserve history, educate young people and inspire patriotism in all. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror. The Virginia War Memorial is and always will be the Commonwealth’s tribute to those who served and especially those who died defending our freedoms.
The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and is integral to its mission of supporting all Virginians who have served in our military. It is located at 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220 and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, except for certain events. For more information, please visit www.vawarmemorial.org.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The DVS traces its history back to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia veterans of World War I. Today, DVS helps veterans and their families apply for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and their family members with connections to services, including behavioral health care, housing, employment, education, and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities providing skilled inpatient nursing, Alzheimer’s disease/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to the men and women of Virginia who made the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present day. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.