Memorial Day Program Planned at Courthouse

The Town of Leesburg will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30, on the lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse beginning at 10 a.m. Veterans, active duty military, their families and members of the public are invited to the tribute, which will feature patriotic music and a traditional rifle salute.

This year’s featured speaker is Lt. General John A. Dubia, U.S. Army (ret.) General Dubia served 14 years of troop assignments and later, as commanding general of the United States Army Field Artillery Center and commandant of the Field Artillery School.  The Leesburg resident continues to support veterans, serving on the boards of the Fisher House Foundation based in Rockville, MD, and the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont.

Wreaths will be laid at each of the war memorials in honor of all soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who served in the defense of the country. Ceremony participants include Leesburg VFW Post #1177, the Ketoctin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy, Loudoun Chapter #170, and several Boy and Girl Scout Troops.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Loudoun County Senior Center, 102 North Street NW.

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  • 2016-05-28 at 11:35 am

    “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”- John 15:13

    It takes many people and organizations to successfully conduct a local Memorial Day event presentation. From the local American Legion and VFW Posts to churches, boy scout troops and school buglers, all work together to make this event a special day for National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans from various wars.

    On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

    The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

    Remember, some families may be grieving over recent losses of loved ones who’ve served in the military and some may be gripped with worry and fear that their loved ones won’t make it home. Be gracious, compassionate, loving, full of honor and respect for the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.

    The final verse from the Star Spangled Banner:

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! (Francis Scott Key, 1814)

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