Adjutant General’s 2017 Memorial Day Message

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

SANDSTON, Va. — Memorial Day provides us an opportunity to honor those men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our Nation. I encourage everyone to make time to join in a community ceremony or take a personal moment of silence to honor our fallen comrades.

On Monday at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, we will remember the ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers we have lost to hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 289 other Virginians lost during the Global War on Terror. In total, there are 11,771 Virginians who died while serving in the armed forces in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror who are recognized at the Virginia War Memorial. They and their families remain in our thoughts and prayers.

It is also important for us to remember the service members who are still deployed, including nearly 300 Virginia National Guard personnel. We are proud of their service and look forward to their safe return later this year.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend also marks the start of the summer vacation season, and many of us will gather with friends and family. As you enjoy this time with your loved ones, please be safe in whatever activities you have planned. We need every Soldier, Airman, Virginia Defense Force trooper and civilian employee to stay safe and healthy so they can do their part in making our mission successful.

I want to thank each of you for the great work you do supporting and defending the Commonwealth and the Nation. I also want to thank your families and employers for their critical support of you and the Virginia National Guard.

It is an honor to serve with you.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
28th Adjutant General of Virginia