Virginia Department of Veterans Services to host Memorial Day ceremonies
Free Press staff report | 5/25/2023, 6 p.m.
Memorial Day will be commemorated at four special ceremonies hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) on Monday, May 29. The events are free and open to the public.
In Richmond, the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St.
This is the 67th consecutive year that the Virginia War Memorial has hosted this official state tribute to all American service members who served in the Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to today and to remember the family members they left behind, according to the DVS.
Scheduled speakers at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony include Virginia Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs, the Honorable Craig Crenshaw and the Adjutant General of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams. Virginia War Memorial Director Clay Mountcastle will serve as master of ceremonies and patriotic music will be provided the 29th Division Band of the Virginia National Guard.
Veterans services organizations and other groups are invited to participate in the annual laying of wreaths in the Memorial’s Shrine of Memory—20th Century. Prospective attendees should contact the Virginia War Memorial for more details at (804)786-2060.
Members of the public attending the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony are advised to arrive by 10:30 a.m. to be seated in the Heilman Amphitheater. Free parking is available on site and in the Afton Chemical Company surface lot at Belvidere and Spring Streets.
The Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony also will be broadcast live on CBS6 television in Richmond and live- streamed on Facebook. For more information and updates, please visit www.vawarme- morial.org or www. dvs.virginia.gov or call (804)786-2060.
Memorial Day ceremonies also will be held at Virginia’s three state veterans cemeteries.
In Amelia at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Col. Bobby Arnold (US Army, Retired). The cemetery is at 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House.
In Dublin at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The speaker will be former Chief Master Sgt. Rodney McKinley (US Air Force, retired). The cemetery address is 5550 Bagging Mill Road, Dublin, 24084.
In Suffolk at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Maj. Gen. Jerry F. Prochaska, U.S. Army, Deputy Director for the Joint Force Development and Design Center, J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk. The address of the cemetery is 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.