The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond is seeking entries for the Virginia War Memorial 2021 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest. The annual competition is open to all Virginia middle and high school age public, private and homeschooled students.
One winner will be selected from among all middle school entries (grades 6-8) and one from high school entries (grades 9-12).
The essay topic for the 2021 contest is “An American Who Served in The Military following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 Who Inspires Me.” Students may consider a member of their family, of their community, or a famous man or woman who served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces as their subject. Essays should be 500-750 words in length and utilize interviews and primary sources whenever possible.
The two students who write the winning essays will each receive a $250 gift card and each of their designated teachers will receive a $100 gift card to purchase classroom supplies. The student winners will also be invited to come to Richmond to read aloud their essays and participate in the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
The deadline for entries for the Virginia War Memorial 2021 Veterans Day Student Essay Contest to be submitted to the Virginia War Memorial website is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 17, 2021. Complete information regarding the essay theme, rules, guidelines and how to enter is available online at vawarmemorial.org/essay or by calling Virginia War Memorial Assistant Education Director Morgan Guyer at 804.786.2060.
About the Virginia War Memorial
The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is and will always be the Commonwealth’s tribute to those who served and most especially, to those who died defending our freedoms. Every day is truly Memorial Day at the Virginia War Memorial. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who have served in our military. It is located at 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. For more information, please visit vawarmemorial.org or dvs.virginia.gov.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans. Today, VDVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit dvs.virginia.gov.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of May 20th
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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, May 20:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Top Gun: Maverick”
- “Jurassic World: Dominion”
Sons of the American Revolution co-sponsor Grave Marking Ceremony in Linden
On May 15, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) and Culpeper Minutemen (CMM) Chapters of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution co-sponsored a Revolutionary War Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony for John Harrell in Linden, VA. The ceremony was held at the Harrell Family Farm next to the house that patriot John Harrell built in the 1770s.
Harrell was born in Charles County, Maryland and enlisted as a private in the First Maryland Regiment in 1778. He was sworn in by Captain William Bruce and his regimental commander was Colonel Peter Adams. The First Maryland Regiment was heavily involved in the southern campaign, participating in the battles at Camden Courthouse, Guilford Courthouse, Eutaw Springs and other skirmishes.
Harrell served during the war for five years, from 1778 to 1783, being discharged in Charles County. In 1789 he met and married Martha Davis of Fairfax County. They eventually settled in what is now known as Harrell Corner, Fauquier, Virginia, raising nine children on the family farm. In 1818, he applied for and was given a pension for his service during the Revolutionary War. Harrell died in 1837 with Martha applying for and receiving a widow’s pension in 1838. She died in 1843. Both were buried on the family farm.
The ceremony was co-emcee’d by CMM President Tom Hamill and CJWII President Thomas “Chip” Daniel with chaplain services provided by the Rt Reverend Larry Johnson. Descendants of the patriots Ms Barbara Harrell and Mr Don Hakenson participated in the ceremony. Ms Harrell provided greetings, uncovered the marker and presented a family wreath. Mr Hakenson provided an in depth biography of his 4th Great Grandfather.
SAR wreath presentations were presented Thomas “Chip” Daniel (CJWII), Tom Hamill (CMM), Ken Morris (George Mason), Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves), John Lynch (Williamsburg) and Barry Schwoerer (Sgt Maj John Champe). Michelle Phillips presented a wreath on behalf of the Pack Horse Ford DAR.
A combined Virginia State Color Guard was led by commander Brett Osborn. Members of the guard included Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Dave Cook (FR), Jim Cordes (FR), Paul Christensen (CJWII), Thomas “Chip” Daniel (CJWII), Kelly Ford (CJWII), Charles Jameson (CMM), John Lynch (WMG), Ken Morris (GM), Paul Parish (General Daniel Morgan), Dennis Parmerter (CJWII), Allan Phillips (CJWII), Will Reynolds (CJWII), Bill Schwetke (CMM) and Barry Schwoerer (SJC).
Mike Bocock’s Journey through the Dugouts and Diamonds of the Shenandoah Valley
Lot’s Wife Publishing, an Augusta County-based company, announces the release of Close to the Dirt, a personal biography about the life of long-time Valley Baseball League manager Mike Bocock, the winningest manager in league history.
Written by local sports journalist Bill Meade, Close to the Dirt: Mike Bocock’s Journey through the Dugouts and Diamonds of the Shenandoah Valley, examines Bocock’s long, successful run as manager in the league and reveals his adventurous exploits from little league, high school, college and adult life.
Close to the Dirt describes Bocock’s journey, showing his love of sport, love of family and love of life. Full of humorous stories, the book details Bocock’s coaching strategies, interesting characters and impactful personal losses.
Meet Bill Meade and Mike Bocock and get your own copy signed on Saturday, May 21, from 12pm-2pm, at Hawksbill Brewery (22 Zerkel St, Luray, VA 22835).
A portion of the proceeds from the book’s sales will go to the Woodstock-Edinburg Community Baseball organization to benefit local little leagues and other charities.
Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution begins an Honor Flight in Ashburn, VA
On May 14, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a ceremony to begin an Honor Flight from Ashburn, Virginia.
The Honor Flight Network is a national network of non-profit independent groups working together to honor our nation’s veterans with an all-expenses-paid trip to see their respective memorials located in Washington, D.C.
Honor Flight Top of Virginia covers the lower Shenandoah Valley and Loudoun County. Their vision is “A nation where all of America’s veterans experience the honor, gratitude, and community of support they deserve.”
As recorded on their website, “Participation gives veterans a chance to share with other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost and share stories and experiences with each other.” Top priority is given to members of the greatest generation – World War II survivors, along with veterans who may be terminally ill.
They currently accept applications from any Veterans who served prior to 1975. Memorials visited include the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, where they watch a changing of the Guard.
To begin the day, veterans gather with their guardians to socialize and get to know one another. During an opening ceremony, Randolph Macon Academy provided an Honor Guard to present the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
Colonel James Wood II and Sgt Maj John Champe SAR Chapters provided sentinels. The ceremony was followed by a procession by the veterans through a Sons of the American Revolution Honor Guard along a Walk of Honor.
Participating in the Colonel James Wood II Chapter were Paul Christensen, Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Brett Osborn, Allan Phillips, and Will Reynolds. They were joined by Sgt Maj John Champe’s compatriot Ken Bonner.
Special recognition is given to Dianne Kopp, President of Honor Flight, Top of Virginia, for her exemplary efforts in running this program to honor our veterans.
COVID-delayed for a year, Samuels Library’s co-sponsored ‘Volunteer Fair’ kicks off inaugural annual event
Royal Examiner spoke to Samuels Public Library Executive Director Michelle Ross near the conclusion of the Volunteer Fair of community organizations held Saturday, May 14. Ross explained that after an initial cancellation due to an untimely spike in COVID-19 variant cases last year, the first of what is hoped to be many annual Volunteer Fairs has been launched under a joint sponsorship of Samuels Public Library, The Wednesday Group, and C-CAP.
“I am a member of The Wednesday Group, and the idea of The Volunteer Fair actually came about last year. The Wednesday Group was chatting about how so many of our non-profits were struggling to get volunteers back after COVID. And we had this great idea of what if we got them all together and were able to let people come and find out about all the wonderful organizations where they can help out here in Warren County,” Ross explained.
“Unfortunately, last year, there was a spike in COVID, so we did have to cancel. But we were able to host it this year, and we had about 20 organizations show up and participate, promote themselves” in seeking to regain that volunteer momentum, Ross said of what appeared to be a successful inaugural event.
Set up right next to the Friends Of Samuels Library (FOSL) at the entrance to the event room was The Wednesday Group (TWG) table manned by two familiar, if masked, faces, Jeff Browne and Jim Wolfe, one day after a big announcement from their work with the new WC EDA Board of Directors.
We asked them about The Wednesday Group and its partnership with Samuels Library and C-CAP on the day’s event. “Our focus has always been on unmet needs in the county. And one of the needs that we identified was that we need more volunteers to be working with things in the county to help people,” Browne observed, adding, “And so the genesis of The Volunteer Fair was to give people an opportunity to see the vibrant things that are going on in the county and give them an opportunity to get involved. Because a lot of people want to do things but don’t know where to go.
“Well, this is the place to do it. And we’ll start doing this on a regular basis every year. And we think we can grow this – it’s our ‘community garden,’ and it will grow over time. So, we’re excited about it.”
Coming in about 20 minutes from the 1 PM ending time, we asked how attendance had been throughout the day. “Yea, it was solid,” Wolfe observed, noting the one-year delay due to the COVID spike. “So, we were all set to do it last year and probably correctly decided the COVID situation was just too risky at that point. So this being the first one, we had a good, solid turnout …
“Another thing I noticed that I didn’t even anticipate was that the volunteer organizations don’t normally talk to one another. Yet here was a time they could go around, talk to each other and begin to build those relationships,” Wolfe added with a nod towards one of the goals of The Wednesday Group (TWG). “And really that’s what TWG does, we do a lot of networking, we do some fundraising. And we’re trying to make the county a better place to live in.”
Stephens City Lions Club to host one mile community yard crawl on Saturday, May 21
The Stephens City Lions Club, in conjunction with the town of Stephens City, is hosting and coordinating a town-wide yard crawl on May 21, 2022. The plan is to gradually develop a robust relationship with town officials, businesses and residents to brand our yard-crawl as a local spring time hometown event. The Crawl officially opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Lions Club seeks to enhance bonds among civic organizations and Town Hall where connections among elected officials, staff, volunteers and highly motivated residents are established. Everyone can bring their collective knowledge and skill-mix to assist in creating hometown events that continue to make Stephens City a very healthy community.
Yard Sale vendors will be located both at the Newtown Commons and Old Stephens City School on Main Street. The town yard crawl will measure one mile through the Historic District. Residents living on Main Street are also invited to clear their attics, basements, garages, carports and out buildings and set up on front porches to sell their own wares. “Between vendors and homeowners, several hundred people may be selling product on Saturday within the Stephens City town limits,” Dudley Rinker said.
Stephen City’s stunning spring scenery, lush with hints of natural greens and spectacular mountain views will provide each visitor with an unforgettable experience to take back home and tell family and friends. Spring is extremely pleasant and considered by locals to be the best time of the year for outdoor shopping before the weather turns hot and humid.
Dudley Rinker, Chair of the Stephens City Lions Club Yard Crawl Committee says, “business in Stephens City has intensified with calls for more vendor spaces for this first-time event.” There are approximately 90 vendor spaces allotted at Newtown Commons on the north end of Main Street. The Commons are at 50% capacity, but rentals are filling quickly and there is a need to allocate spaces at the Old School lot on the south of town,” Rinker said.
Currently Lions Club has spaces rented at the Old School lot but more are available, if needed. The vendor spaces are 16′ X 20′ and cost $25 per spot. “Vendors can join spaces if they require additional room,” Rinker said. “If you register for spaces at the Spring Event and the Rt. 11 Yard Crawl on August 13th, the cost is only $20 per space payable at registration,” Rinker added.
Vendor set-up will begin at noon on Friday May 20th. Vendor vehicles must be removed from the sales area no later than 6:30 AM on Saturday. Vendors can park in their paid space if they desire, but vehicles will have to remain parked until the end of the crawl when it is safe to move them.
The event will be held rain or shine. Expect traffic congestion along Route 11 (Main Street) most of the day. Watch for pedestrians crossing Route 11. Navigate streets carefully, as pedestrians get distracted by displays and may appear to meander across the street without watching for oncoming traffic. Stephens City police officers will be on hand to manage traffic control around the Commons and provide oversight.
Yard Crawlers can prepare for the event by bringing small bills and change to make shopping more convenient, but also may get you a discount by enabling a smoother transaction for the vendor. Bring bottled water to stay hydrated. Stow away nylon rope, lashing straps or bungee cords to tie down any oversized purchases.
For additional information or questions, call 540-247-7662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Lions Club
Lions Club was founded in Chicago in 1917. The LIONS acronym stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations’ Safety. Stephens City Lions, established in 1946, celebrated their 75th Anniversary in October 2021. The Stephens City Lions Club is a group of men and women dedicated to the Lions Club International’s motto, “We Serve.” Members of the Stephens City Lions Club take a very active interest in the civic, cultural, and social welfare of their community.
Stephens City Lions focus on programs and services for the blind and visually impaired; global health programs to control and prevent diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in adults; by arranging screenings for the deaf and hearing aid recycling programs for children and adults; and by supporting other charitable organizations in the community. The Club is also a proud sponsor of the Sherando High School LEO Club. LEO clubs encourage students to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities.