Several community programs will highlight the sacrifices of America’s military veterans on Friday.
The largest ceremony—cosponsored by Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg—will be held at the Leesburg home of Gen. George C. Marshall, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be retired U.S. Army General Gordon R. Sullivan, who served as the 32nd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as acting Secretary of the Army under President Bill Clinton. Sullivan is credited with leading the Army’s transition from its Cold War posture to today’s fighting force.
The free event also includes refreshments, first-floor tours of the Marshall House and displays of vintage military vehicles and equipment. The Marshall House is located at 217 Edwards Ferry Road.
There also will be a number of smaller community ceremonies.
The day begins with a sunrise service at Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery near Leesburg. Sponsored by VFW Post 1177, the ceremony includes a short program starting at 6:30 a.m. Afterward, participants are invited to continue the veterans’ fellowship over breakfast at the Leesburg IHOP.
In Lovettsville, town leaders will conduct a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the war memorial in the Town Square. There will be speakers, music and the dedication of new memorial pavers.
At Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville, nonprofit The Wounded Walk will hold a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to support its work to advance post-combat treatment for wounded veterans, as well as improve testing and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The event includes food, music, mechanical bull riding and live music by The Plate Scrapers. Donations will be taken to ride the bull with the goal to raise $5,000 and have Mayor Kwasi Fraser take a ride. Learn more at thewoundedwalk.com.