Stafford’s Armed Services Memorial is unique in that it is meant to be a living memorial – it honors the living as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. When volunteers on the Armed Services Memorial Commission and Working Group planned the memorial, they specifically envisioned a tribute to those who have served and are serving as well as the families who support them. Stafford County invites all veterans and their families to a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the memorial. The ceremony is an annual event to be held on the Friday before Veterans Day every year.
“Helping to create the Armed Services Memorial was one of the bright spots in my public service,” said Supervisor Gary Snellings, Hartwood District, an Armed Services Memorial Commission member and Air Force veteran. “We owe our veterans and their families an incredible debt, and I am pleased Stafford County and our Board of Supervisors have chosen to honor our veterans.”
The ceremony will feature the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Color Guard as well as remarks by Sergeant Major Michael W. Hensley from Marine Corps Base Quantico. Chaplain Ron Thayer of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office will give the invocation, and Chairman Meg Bohmke of the Board of Supervisors will speak as well.
“I am a retired Marine and have had the privilege over the years to serve with men and women whose love of this country and sense of honor and sacrifice is equal to none,” said Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer, Garrisonville District, an Armed Services Memorial Commission member and Marine Corps veteran. “When they finish their service, they take those values and that sense of honor with them into the community. Our Veterans Day ceremony honors those who put others first.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony at the memorial, located to the rear of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center just off the Courthouse Road and Route 1 (1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554). Bricks purchased since Memorial Day 2018 have also been installed and will be available for viewing. Bricks are still available and may be ordered by visiting www.staffordcountyva.gov.