Va. National Guard to join Memorial Day observations across the commonwealth

VaGuardLogo_4mar15.jpgSANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will honor the fallen May 25, 2015, at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth.

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will lay a memorial wreath in honor of fallen Virginia National Guard personnel at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Ceremony May 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial.

Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Col. Thomas Morgan, the director of joint operations, will be among the guest speakers at the annual Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. in Amelia. Members of the Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band will provide ceremonial music, and Soldiers from the Petersburg-based Funeral Honors Team will serve as a rifle team rendering honors to the fallen.

Capt. Brandon Price, commander of the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will lay a memorial wreath at the Loudoun County Courthouse at 9 a.m. in Leesburg.

The Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony is co-hosted by 11th District, American Legion. Virginia residents will officially commemorate this national holiday to honor and remember the valiant men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to America at this outdoor ceremony. Governor Terry McAuliffe is the invited speaker. The event is free, open to the public and with ample free parking and will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit

The Virginia Veterans Cemetery is located at 10300 Pridesville Road in Amelia and the event is hosted by the American Legion Post 87 of Amelia.

The Loudoun County Courthouse is located at 18 East Market Street in Leesburg and the event is hosted by the Loudoun County VFW Post 1177. The event is free, open to the public and with ample free parking.

Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will serve as the keynote speaker and after her brief remarks distinguished guests will lay wreaths at the six war memorials on the courthouse grounds.