“Our Fathers’ Fight for Freedom” At Va. War Memorial Saturday

From the event page:

Part of the Virginia War Memorial’s 2018 Black History Month Series:

“If ordinary people are given proper training and opportunity they can do extraordinary things, regardless of race, creed, or color.” Those words were spoken by Mr. Howard Baugh (pictured), who flew 135 missions with the Tuskegee Airmen. During World War II, African-Americans fought fascism overseas and racism at home. These American heroes also included men like Mr. George Bland, who was serving aboard the USS West Virginia during the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.

CBS6 Anchor Greg McQuade will lead the discussion as Captain Howard Baugh Jr. and Mr. Frank Bland share stories of their fathers and spread their legacies at the Virginia War Memorial on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Parking is free and will be available next door to the Virginia War Memorial at the VHDA.

Register here: http://vawarmemorial.org/event/our-fathers’-fight-freedom

“Hellfighters and Sons of Freedom” At The Virginia War Memorial Thursday

From the Virginia War Memorial website:

The 369th Infantry Regiment was the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Known for their toughness in battle, they were nicknamed the “Hell Fighters” by the German army because they never lost a man through capture, lost a trench or a foot of ground to the enemy.

Join the Virginia War Memorial Executive Director Clay Mountcastle, as we commemorate the start of both Black History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. During his presentation, Clay will share the fascinating often untold, stories of these war heroes and many more, as he examines the larger role African-Americans played in The Great War.

Thursday from 5-7 pm, presentation starts at 6 pm. It’s free to attend but registration is strongly encouraged.

Artifacts Roadshow At Virginia War Memorial Saturday

Style Magazine has a piece on the upcoming “Artifacts Roadshow” at the Virginia War Memorial.


Whether a medal, canteen or helmet, every piece of military paraphernalia has its own distinctive story to tell.

One way to help unlock those stories is to take military-related items, whether passed down through the family, found in the attic or acquired antique hunting, to the Virginia War Memorial for the Artifacts Roadshow on Jan. 27.

The first-come, first-served event features Virginia War Memorial curator Jesse Smith, along with experts Robert House and Warren Shindle, examining items. House, whose area of expertise is firearms and edged weapons, works at Classic Firearms and Echoes of Glory Auction House in Virginia Beach and Shindle is a photo expert specializing in U.S. military photography from the 1840s to 1940s.

The public service event aims to help the public identify their memorabilia as well as any possible historical significance they hold. Artifacts of any era beginning with the War of 1812 through the Global War on Terrorism will be reviewed and preservation tips offered. There’s no admission charge or fee to have an expert review artifacts, although donations to the Virginia War Memorial are appreciated.

Veterans’ Impact Project at The Virginia War Memorial

From FaceBook event page:

To celebrate Artober, we will be exhibiting the Veterans’ Impact Project Monument at The Virginia War Memorial.

This sculpture was created in partnership with artist James Robertson.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 12th from 5-7pm. The monument will remain on display until October 27th.

About the Project:
In what is likely America’s 1st crowd-sourced veterans monument, The Veterans’ Impact Project honored over 170 veterans through a participatory process where community members and veterans operated a custom-built Roman Ballista to fire symbols of military service into a large clay panel. Those impressions were cast on site to create a large-scale relief sculpture with Principal Artist for the project, James Robertson. The resulting 5’x17’ sculpture is one of the largest in Richmond.

61st Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony

From the Virginia War Memorial website:

Monday, May 29, 2017 – 10:00am to 11:00am
VWM Grounds
Join us as we honor and remember all veterans who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts. Guest speaker will be Major General Timothy P. Williams, The Adjutant General, Virginia National Guard. Co-hosted with the 11th District American Legion. The Galanti Education Center will be open extended hours Memorial Day until 7 pm.

The “Never Forget Memorial Run” is a 1.4 mile silent run from VCU and finishes at the Virginia War Memorial just past noon on Memorial Day. The run is hosted by the VCU Police Department to honor fallen U.S. armed service members.

The Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Cadet Corps and Friends Band will play patriotic tunes in the Shrine of Memory at 2 pm on Memorial Day. Bring your own chairs and set up in the Virginia War Memorial’s Shrine to be a part of this invigorating program!

As always parking and admission is free of charge.

Military Book Sale At Va. War Memorial Saturday

From FaceBook event page:

Booklovers, stock up on a great selection of military and history books from the Memorial’s USS Birmingham Library on sale at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the Virginia War Memorial Foundation which funds our educational programs, exhibits and events.

Saturday at 9 AM – 4 PM

Virginia War Memorial
621 S Belvidere St, Richmond, Virginia 23220