(Richmond, Va.) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will deliver the keynote address at the 62nd Annual Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.
The ceremony, co-hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the American Legion 11th District, will be held in the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater and Shrine of Memory on the Memorial grounds.
The public is invited to attend and honor and remember the thousands of Virginians who gave the ultimate sacrifice in military services to our Commonwealth and our Nation – from the Revolutionary War to today’s Global War on Terrorism. The program will include special recognition of Virginians who lost their lives in military action during the past year.
In addition to Governor Northam, program participants will include Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins; Tommy Lee, Commander, American Legion 11th District; and Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Virginia War Memorial Director. Music will be provided by 392nd Army Band Ensemble of Fort Lee, St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums, and Bugles Across America.
“We are especially honored to have Governor Northam as the keynote speaker for this year’s Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony,” said Virginia War Memorial Director Dr. Clay Mountcastle. “The Governor is a proud U.S. Army veteran and understands the importance of recognizing and remembering those who died defending America’s freedoms.”
The formal Memorial Day program will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony in the Shrine of Memory. Organziations wishing to participate in this ceremony should arrive early at the Memorial to allow time for registration.
The Virginia War Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street will be open extended hours on Memorial Day from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. There will be a concert of patriotic music performed by the Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall Corps of Cadets Bands and Friends at 2 p.m. Admission to all events and the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center is free.
Parking at the Memorial will be extremely limited due to expansion construction. Parking will be available in the VHDA lots next door and the Afton Chemical Company surface lot at Spring and Belvidere Streets. Attendees should follow the directions of the uniformed members of the Virginia Defense Force traffic control team on site.
In addition to the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will also host Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 28 at its veterans cemeteries in Amelia, Dublin, and Suffolk. For details on these ceremonies, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.