116th IBCT takes part in remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant

Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116h Infantry Brigade Combat Team provide a color guard for memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. (Contributed photo)

Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provide a color guard for memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. (Contributed photo)

STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774.

“Although time has changed our nation and the world around us, today’s citizen Soldiers have remained true to the identity of the Soldiers who fought at Point Pleasant,” said Jones. “Events such as this remember the patriotism, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for the independence and freedom of this country.”

The battle was fought by Soldiers of the colonial-era Virginia militia, which the 116th IBCT traces its roots to. The battle had a significant contribution to America’s westward expansion and resulted in the Treaty of Camp Charlotte.

Organizations and patriotic citizens gathered at the memorial over the weekend to honor the heritage of the citizen Soldiers who bravely fought 240 years ago at Point Pleasant. The fallen Soldiers remembered at that battle site were primarily farmers, teachers, merchants and tradesmen responsible for supporting their families and establishing a safe community. But when confronted with adversity they united in action thus leaving their families for many months to face those who threatened their livelihood. The terrain was unforgiving, the weather was unpleasant and the resources were limited but the citizen Soldiers persevered to reach their objective, displaying professionalism and discipline.

Today’s citizen Soldiers of the 116th IBCT, Virginia Army National Guard are an all-volunteer force. They support their local communities as police officers, firefighters, businessmen, teachers and students and train as professional Soldiers, ready to respond to disasters within their states, willing to defend the homeland or travel to distant lands in order to maintain peace and capable of using force when required. Soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard have answered the call to arms time and again, deploying to Europe during World War I, to the beaches of Normandy in World War II, to the conflicts in the Balkans, and most recently the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.