The Marshall House in Leesburg will host Loudoun’s Veterans Day program Monday morning, with retiredAdmiral T. Joseph Lopez providing the keynote remarks.
The commemoration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the former home of George C. Marshall in downtown Leesburg. Veterans and the public are invited to the free community event.
Lopez served in the U.S. Navy for 39 years, retiring in 1999. His last major assignments were serving as the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe/Commander of U.S. and Allied Bosnia Peace Keeping Forces in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He is one of just two flag officers in the history of the U.S. Navy who achieved four-star rand after direct commission from enlisted service. After retirement from military service, he directed three companies and served on numerous boards for public and private instructions.
The Marshall House is located at312 E Market St. in Leesburg. The program will be held under a tent and will go on rain or shine.
Also during the holiday weekend, members of VFW Post 1177 will be stationed at Giant food stores in Ashburn, Leesburg and Sterling and the Safeway in Middleburg to distribute Buddy Poppies. The small red flowers are symbolic of the blood shed in World War I by millions of Allied soldiers and donations collected through the program are used to provide financial assistance to veterans and to support veteran services. Last year, the program helped the local VFW chapter to contribute $22,000 to support these activities.
Also, the post will lead a Veteran’s Day sunrise service at Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery near Leesburg on Monday morning. Veterans and the public are invited, with sturdy walking shoes and warm clothing advised.