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Eleven courthouse chimes mark 100th anniversary of World War I’s end

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Veteran’s Day 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I begins in Front Royal, as it did across the nation, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the date and time when the armistice ended the most horrific war mankind at the time had experienced. Photos/Roger Bianchini

The 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War was marked Sunday, November 11, as the Warren County Courthouse clock chimed 11 times – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – and American Legion Post 53 Vice-Commander Clarence Hartsell began a quiet, 45-minute ceremony.

A relatively small crowd of about 60 gathered in the courthouse grounds, most of them veterans. Many wore distinctive Legion caps, and others were wrapped in coats against the 45-degree weather, depicting their service of record. Despite the first cold snap of the season, skies were blue and brilliant sunshine provided some warmth for speakers and spectators alike.

The Sunday ceremony’s attendance was obviously affected by its clash with regular church services throughout the area and this year, being a Sunday observance of Veterans Day, no school bands were available.  However on this 100th anniversary of the end of the first great global conflict of the 20th Century, organizers felt it important to mark the occasion on the precise date and time of the armistice that halted a war so horrific in its modern weaponry and casualty count that it was for a short time believed to be a war that would end widespread human warfare.

For whom the bell tolls…

Commemorative wreaths were laid at memorial sites on opposite sides of the courthouse forecourt saluting town and county service personnel who’d given their lives in America’s wars, while others honored all of those who fought in World War I, the “war to end all wars.”

Appropriately, the Giles B. Cook Post 53 of the American Legion introduced U.S. Marine Corps veteran William Sealock, a Front Royal Town Councilor, whose military record included active duty in five combat zones, including those in Vietnam and the Middle East, who said he was there to honor all veterans of all wars.

Sealock described himself, born in 1944, as a “war baby”, offspring of a Gold Star mother. He came of a military family whose members served, some dying, in World War II, and in later American wars.

He revealed he was wounded on the battlefield in South Vietnam but cited one of his duties as a Marine Corps “grunt” as a career highlight – it was as a mailman for the troops during “Operation Starlight” in which 42 marines died.

Vietnam vet and Front Royal Town Councilman William Sealock recalled a personal and emotional side of the experience of war.

The mail carrier brought brief moments of joy to those caught up in the heat of battle and the soldier who delivered welcome news from home declared he had “no apology for being a ‘grunt’  performing this duty. Sealock rose through the ranks to retire as a Chief Warrant Officer and returned to civilian life as a Defense Department contractor. After serving on the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors, he was elected to Town Council in 2016. (To see and listen to Sealock’s approximately 15-minute welcoming address, guest speaker Larry Funk, and a complete video of the ceremony, go to the Royal Examiner video presentation accompanying this article)

Hartsell called for a moment’s silence for those who died in battle while guest speaker Funk, Post 53 commander, honored “every man and woman who has honorably served their country in every war since the Revolutionary War.”

A salute to those who have served as taps is sounded to bring this Veterans Day ceremony to a close.

He noted that while the “war to end all wars” – World War I – did not live up to its reputation, it did lead to the formation of the American Legion which then, and to this day, is in the business of alleviating the stresses of Americans returning from active duty. He noted that homelessness is most prevalent today among veterans and he offered a cure: employment. He asked potential employers to give major consideration to employing veterans, particularly those who have been wounded in service.

“Give them who gave us our precious freedoms a shot at the American dream,” he implored.

Among organizations represented at the 2018 annual ceremony, apart from various other officers of the American Legion, were: Jeff Cook, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1860;  Dennis Henline, Exalted Ruler, Fraternal Order of the Elks, 2382; Richard Crawford, Veteran’s Chairman, Elks, 2382; and Wayne Sealock, Governor, Lodge 829, Loyal Order of the Moose.

Opening prayer and benediction were by Cindy Kokernak while John Kokernak sounded “Taps” to end the ceremony.  This year just one dog was in attendance, Cody, accompanied by his pal Stephen Kurtz.

Giles B. Cook American Legion Post 53 Commander Larry Funk delivered the keynote address.

(Our contributing writer, Malcolm Barr Sr., is a veteran of the Royal Air Force, and his son, Malcolm  Barr Jr., is an Iraq war vet who served 10 years with the U.S. Air Force and represents a contracting company in military intelligence adjacent to Langley AFB in Virginia. Barr Sr. recollects attending every Armistice Day (now Veterans Day in the U.S.) since emigrating from the UK in 1955, often more recently with a canine companion representing the “dogs of war”)

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 14th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday and Saturday at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, August 14: “Dolphin Tale”
  • Saturday, August 15: “Singin in the Rain”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, August 14:

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:40
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 42 min

• Daily: 3:30 & 6:30
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 53 min

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:20
Rated G  |  Run Time: 1 hour 43 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Footloose”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
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Successful Color Guard Workshop and Flag Raising Ceremony at the Wayside Inn

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On August 9, 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a Color Guard Workshop and then a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Wayside Inn, in Middletown, Virginia. The Wayside Inn provided a great place for the workshop. Since 1797, it has been the oldest and longest continuously run inn in the United States. The oldest part, “Summer Kitchen,” was built as a way-station and stagecoach stop in 1742, along with the well that watered the town.

The Chapter conducted training in procedures for color guard activities and then conducted a flag raising ceremony for the inn. The color guard was represented by Marc Robinson, Bill Schwetke, Erick Moore, Clay Robinson, Dennis Parmeter, Sean Carrigan and Brett Osborn.  Doug Hall played drums to provide a cadence. Dale Corey and George Reeves (owner of the Wayside Inn) ceremoniously raised a new flag.

The color guard marching into position.

The guard at present arms for the raising of the flag.

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You’re invited to the upcoming grave marking commemoration ceremonies by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter

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The Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution welcomes all to join us at these upcoming grave marking ceremonies. If you are a descendant of any of these War Patriots, and would like to participate, please contact Dale Corey and leave a message at (540) 636-1263.

  • On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Jacob Kuller, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Dry Run Church Cemetery, Fort Valley, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Jacob’s service to the colonial cause.
  • On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Thomas Buck, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 11:00 am, Buck Family Cemetery, Waterlick, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Thomas’ service to the colonial cause.
  • On September 5, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Daniel Cloud, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Daniel’s service to the colonial cause.

Photo courtesy of Dale Corey, Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

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4-H Center hosting 2nd Annual Family Camp over Labor Day weekend

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Over the 2020 Labor Day Weekend of September 4-7, the NOVA 4-H Center will be hosting our 2nd Annual Family Camp! If you are looking for a peaceful end to a crazy summer, come join us! With plenty of space to spread out, we will enjoy the fellowship of family and camaraderie of friends all while adhering to State and CDC public health guidelines.

Family Camp includes three-nights’ lodging in private rooms in one of two lodging options, seven delicious, family-style meals carefully prepared by our own chef staff, unlimited access to the self-led family recreational activity options at the 4-H Center, and fun evening program options led by Center staff.

As an added bonus, our postponed Independence Day Fireworks are rescheduled for Saturday night over Labor Day Weekend, and the lodge balconies (open only to Family Campers) will be the best seats in the house!

For more information and registration, go to https://form.jotform.com/202094226111037

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 7th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday and Saturday at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, August 7: “The Empire Strikes Back”
  • Saturday, August 8: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, August 7:

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:30
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 55 min

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:40
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 2 hour 4 min

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:50
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hour 16 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “RoboCop”
  • “Footloose”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
  • “Singing in the Rain”
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Coming to the Table video conversation and invitation to virtual gathering on Thursday, July 30

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The community is invited to watch the virtual healing discussion shared below and to attend the Coming to the Table (Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter) ZOOM virtual gathering on Thursday, 7/30, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The group’s mission is to promote “truth, justice, healing and working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT encourages all to be willing to be uncomfortable, willing to learn and step out of comfort zones, to make time to become educated and to engage in healing as well as transforming conversations in a safe space.

This video is a thought provoking ZOOM discussion between Beth Medved Waller, Judith James and Ira Chaleff (co-chairs) as well as Sarah Downs, a Reaching Out Now Volunteer and Shenandoah University student. During the conversation, a powerful theory that “pain that is not transformed is transferred” and “hurt people hurt people” is presented as well as the concepts of forgiveness, inclusion, respect, honesty, transparency, compassion, reconciliation and using non-violence to bridge the divide through love and peace.

According to the CTTT Facebook page, “Our goal is to provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wound from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and, unfortunately, is ongoing.

The essential element that is needed for us to do the work of healing is to have blacks, whites, and others well represented. Toward that end, PLEASE REACH OUT TO FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, FELLOW PARISHIONERS, STUDENTS AND CO-WORKERS – BLACK AND WHITE – AND EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THIS WORK. THE MORE DIVERSE OUR GROUP, THE RICHER WILL BE THE CONVERSATION” Learn more at comingtothetable.org/front-royal, and contact them at ctttfrontroyal@gmail.com or on Facebook to receive the ZOOM link and/or to sign up for their mailing list.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MEETINGS–During the gatherings (in person or ZOOM), attendees do not need to speak but are encouraged to share, make connections, discuss history, brainstorm about paths to healing, express and challenge hard truths in a safe space without shame, listen thoughtfully and take action they feel called to take. As volunteer Sarah Downs shares, people don’t have to feel obligated to speak–healing is fostered when people who are hurt are heard.


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Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


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WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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