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Military Appreciation Day
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host Fredericksburg Area Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg). It is a free informational fair for all service members, veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their families.
Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, a Vietnam Veteran and prisoner of war, will be the guest speaker. The day will include free lunch prepared by the American Legion 12th District, free Lion’s Club eye screenings, free blood pressure screenings, children’s activities, and live entertainment. A silent auction will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (through the Veterans Services Foundation) and Operation First Response.
The schedule of event includes:
- 11:15 a.m. – Presentation of the Colors by American Legion Post 320
- 11:30 a.m. – Guest Speaker, Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, a Vietnam Veteran and prisoner of war
- 12:15 p.m. – Awarding of the Silver Star Banners by the Silver Star families
- 1:15 p.m. – “Having a Deployed Parent” Performance by Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
- 2:00 p.m. – The Enduring Freedom Honor Team
- 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – Demonstrations by the United States Marine Corps Military Working Dogs
- 3:30 p.m. – Performance by Glen Shelton, singer/songwriter “Unsung Hero”
With the exception of vendors, entrance to the event will be limited to those with military identification, DD214, or a photograph of themselves or their child in uniform.
For more information, please contact Camilla Schwoebel, Regional Coordinator, at 540/373-3223, ext. 3085. To learn more about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program in our area, visit www.nwvawoundedwarrior.org.
In 2009, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board received notice of a grant from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to provide services to veterans and their families. The services are intended to address any problems resulting from service in combat including combat stress and traumatic brain injury, both in terms of the direct psychological effects on the veteran and also the impact this has on family members. The grant award is part of $1.7 million in grants funded by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to coalitions of community programs. The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program was created by the 2008 General Assembly to ensure that services to veterans and their families are readily available in all areas of the state.