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Front Royal’s Memorial Day event with a K-9 twist

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War Dogs trained in Front Royal passed through U.S. bases on their way overseas

As summer approaches our thoughts often turn to Memorial Day, which will be marked in Front Royal – just as in Washington D.C. – on Monday, May 28, at the Gazebo between 12 noon and 1 p.m. (Some communities mark the national holiday on different days.)

Unique to Front Royal’s annual ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in conflicts from the Civil War through two World Wars, Far and Middle Eastern conflicts to the present day is the salute “the dogs of war”.  Such specifically-trained dogs are playing an ever-increasing role in guarding the lives of our soldiers abroad, as well as law enforcement personnel at home.

The inclusion of the K-9’s trained for military and security service is appropriate since the first dogs to be called for active duty in World War II in the Pacific were trained at Warren County’s Remount Center on Front Royal’s south side in 1942.

Local dogs – heroes all to their families – prepare for a past Front Royal Memorial ‘Dog’ Day parade; Humane Society adoption candidates are on display as well

Past events have featured surviving vets from World War II

Event co-chairs are U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major Robert MacDougall and Malcolm Barr Sr., 85, a Royal Air Force veteran in the United Kingdom post-World War II.  Sponsors of the event are the Town of Front Royal; the Air Force Association (AFA); the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC); the Rotary Club of Warren County; and Fussell Florists of Front Royal which each year provides the traditional commemorative wreath.

Event Co-Chair Robert MacDougall

Event founder and Co-Chair Malcolm Barr Sr.

Barr and MacDougall tell us that the weather forecast for Monday is cloudy with no rain.  So, they urge citizens to bring, not only their dogs and some water for them, but also folding chairs for their own comfort during the planned hour-long event.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Diana Lieber will lead a parade of dogs featuring canines seeking adoption from the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter. Those bringing their pets to the Gazebo are invited to take part in the parade.

A past blessing of the animals featured in the background the late, great Husky Lola and FRPD K-9 Boone

Chips, a locally-trained war dog assigned to the Signal Corps, circa 1943

The keynote speaker this year is Lt. Col. Michael Starling, U.S. Marine Corps (ret), who serves in a leadership role at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA). R-MA cadets commanded by TSgt.Tina Laing, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Iraq war, will provide a guard of honor at the wreath-laying ceremony, and a brass band ensemble directed by Daniel Holland of Skyline High School will perform in several spots on the early-afternoon program.

Taps will be sounded by former local elementary student Jacob Bols who now resides in Orange County, Va.

The AFA will hand out flags at the ceremony, courtesy retired Chief Master Sgt. Norman Brander.

Dennis Henline, president of Front Royal’s Elks Club 2382, an ordained minister and veteran of both the U.S. Army (1971-73) and the U.S. Marine Corps (1973-80), will provide the invocation and closing prayer. Rev. Michael Williams will offer a blessing to the war dogs and the animals present in the park area.

Who is that somewhat familiar face, center, training for war correspondent’s duties in Hawaii, circa Vietnam – hmm…

Local officials invited to the event include Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharpe and members of town council; County Board Chairman Tony Carter and members of the board of supervisors.

The agenda for Memorial Day Program at the Gazebo, Front Royal on Monday, May 28 is:

  • 11:55 a.m. – Skyline H.S. Band brass ensemble (Daniel Holland)
  • 12:05 p.m. – Welcome and introduction of guests (MacDougall)
  • 12:10 p.m. – Pledge of Allegiance, opening prayer, remarks (Chaplain Dennis Henline, Elks)
  • 12:18 p.m. – Program announcement: dogs of war (Barr)
  • 12:20 p.m. – Skyline brass ensemble (Holland)
  • 12:25 p.m. – Introduction of guest speaker (MacDougall)
  • 12:27 p.m. – Keynote speaker: L/Col Michael Starling, USMC (ret), R-MA
  • 12:40 p.m. – “Salute to dogs of war”; blessing of the animals (Pastor.Michael Williams)
  • 12:45 p.m. – Parade of dogs (Diane Lieber)
  • 12:50 p.m. – Wreath laying ceremony and R-MA honor guard (Tina Laing)
  • 12:55 p.m. – Closing prayer (Henline)
  • 12:58 p.m. – Taps (Jacob Boll)

*Town Council/BOS members, military veterans and active duty, report to Maj. Rob MacDougall, USMC Reserve, before the ceremony.  VIPs will be seated to the extent possible in the Gazebo prior to 11:55; band will play opening numbers from Gazebo steps facing the park; for the animal parade, leashed dogs will line up to the right of Gazebo (facing park) and be walked in front of Gazebo toward Chester Street, band drummer providing quiet beat for the short walk.

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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.


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

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.


About WHAT MATTERS:

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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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 31st

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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, July 31: “The Notebook”
  • Saturday, August 1: “Pitch Perfect”
  • 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, July 31:

• Daily: 3:40 & 6:40
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 52 min

• Daily: 3:30 & 6:30
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hours

• Daily: 3:50 & 6:50
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “The Breakfast Club”
  • “Footloose”
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Northwestern Prevention Collaborative’s Faith Based Web Series: Highlighting the intersection of trauma and substance misuse

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In the third installment of their virtual Faith Based Series, the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative will be highlighting the intersection of trauma and substance misuse. The training will be led by Robin Blumenthal, an ACEs, Trauma, and Brain Development educator within the faith community, and a Children’s and Family Pastor of 28 years. Topics covered will include the general relationship between trauma and substance misuse, youth ministry, and the impact of trauma on interactions within faith communities.

The August meeting will follow two successful webinars held in June and July. The first two parts of the series included a discussion on stress and anxiety and a conversation on suicide, both in the context of substance misuse and COVID-19. By offering information on relevant issues and creating space for dialogue, the Collaborative hopes to give faith leaders additional tools to utilize in their service of their communities.  Recordings of the previous sessions can be viewed on the Collaborative’s YouTube channel.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 4th from 10:00-11:30am. Community members interested in attending can use THIS LINK to register. In keeping with their belief that everyone has a role in addressing the opioid epidemic, the Collaborative is excited to bring together leaders within the faith community for a morning of learning and collaboration.


About Northwestern Prevention Collaborative

The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative covers the Lord Fairfax Planning District, encompassing the City of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren. One of their current areas of focus is on opioids, with dual goals of preventing young people from misusing prescription drugs and reducing the number of heroin/prescription drug overdose deaths. The Collaborative is a partnership between Page Alliance for Community Action, Family Youth Initiative, Warren Coalition and the Prevention Department of Northwestern Community Services and is funded, in part, through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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